Abraham wrote:If I understand you correctly, you're saying the bogus signs will be enforced as if they were properly lawful and you as the lawfully abiding CHL holder will be punished with arrest, detention and a jury trial if you don't observe them?
By "costly to beat the rap" when lawfully carrying, are you saying that the time and money required to exonerate you (though innocent of breaking any law) will be so harsh you may as well obey a bogus sign?
That is what I am saying.
I can't prove it will happen in any particular case; but when the CHL law went into effect, the City of Galveston passed an ordinance prohibiting weapons on all city property except streets and sidewalks; and they posted signs on city buildings. Those signs are still there. The entire city council, administration, and police chief have turned over since then; but I am not betting that they won't enforce that ordinance if they catch someone carrying in City Hall.
If they enforce the city ordinance and get a conviction, it's a class C misdemeanor with up to a $500 fine. They could ask the DA's office to prosecute the case under 30.06. I don't know if the DA would do that or not.
Abraham wrote:If the government, as represented by the police, in effect break the law with their enforcement of bogus signs, what does that say?
The old saying goes, you can't fight City Hall.
The reality is that you can fight City Hall, but it takes a lot of time and energy and usually money. I could write letters to city and police officials and bring up the issue at a City Council meeting. I would probably be dismissed as a "gun nut."
I could hire a lawyer to file a motion to get an injuction, and the judge would probably issue one. That happened in Houston, and the city was forced to comply with state law.
I hang my head in shame at not having done at least the letter-writing, but when you rock the boat around here, you may find yourself in the water.
BTW, you may recall forum member Jhutto, who reported being arrested for carrying in a DPS office. He stopped posting, no doubt on the advice of an attorney.