Stop the Posting of Unenforceable No Guns Signs
Article first appeared at Ammo Land.
Austin, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- Most TSRA members are aware of the 2015 passage of SB 273 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) but you may not recall the background which set-up the need for the new law.
In 2003, Sen. Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria) with Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp passed a bill TSRA called “CHL Preemption”, meaning SB 501 reinforced in Texas law that only the State Legislature had the authority to regulate where a licensee could or could not go with his licensed handgun when it came to tax-payer owned property, unless that property was prohibited in statute.
SB 501 passed and most of the confusing, unenforceable signs came down. They were removed from city-owned parking facilities, for the non-secure portion of airports, from a city-owned marina, from tax appraisal offices, etc.
In the fall of 2003, I called about a PC 30.06 sign on a local convention center and was told by the facilities manager she was scraping the signs off as fast as she could. Yes, there were “hold-outs”. The mayor of Mission told a local reporter they justfelt better with the PC 30.06 sign on their library.
Later when I inquired about PC 30.06 signs in school parking lots in Plano, I was told by their legal counsel that the sign wasn’t for “me” and I could ignore it. I haven’t seen a criminal yet stopped by a sign!
As with private businesses, as the number of licensees grew local governments were urged to comply by their constituent.
A decade later and without incident, PC 30.06 began re-appearing on municipal properties.
In 2013 Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) filed a bill to create a complaint process with the Texas Attorney General’s office whereby citizens, trying to get clarification or the removal of improperly posted PC 30.06 signs, could get help.
The office of the attorney general would investigate and if the sign was posted on property NOT in current statute, and if the governmental entity refused to comply, they could be fined. The fine is substantial.
The 2013 bill failed due to an over-reaching amendment on the last day of session. I was not pleased.
In 2015, Rep. Guillen took on this same project but this time Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) filed identical language, SB 273, in the Senate.
With help from Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Campbell’s hard-working staff, SB 273 passed.
Not one single new “location” was added to the list of where a licensee could or could NOT carry, only a complaint process and a hefty fine!
Long before licensed open carry was discussed, and before the Virginia Tech massacre highlighted the need for personal protection on college campuses, TSRA successfully backed SB 501 and stopped the encroachment of gun owner’s rights by local government.
Licensees deserve consistency and to believe what they read in the materials they’re tested on during their DPS-written course.
Keep the Faith,
Alice TrippTexas State Rifle AssociationLegislative Director
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