Texas Attorney General: Licensed Gun Owners May Carry In Church If Not Declared ‘Gun Free Zone’
On Thursday of last week, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke out on licenses for handguns and security teams in churches, but he failed to recognize that the God-given rights of the people he is to serve neither requires his nor the states’ approval nor their paid permission.
AG Paxton was replying to questions posed in a two-page letter by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick following the Texas church shooting that occurred in November in Sutherland Springs.
“The recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs was an immense tragedy, the likes of which I pray to never see again,” Patrick said in a statement. “I know many are thankful for the Texan who stopped this attack through the exercise of his Second Amendment rights, but I believe our state laws provide more protection than many Texans realize. That’s why I asked the attorney general to clarify those laws for all Texans.”
Paxton responded to Patrick’s letter.
“If a church decides to exclude the concealed or open carrying of handguns on the premises of church property, it may provide the requisite notice, thereby making it an offense for a license holder to carry a handgun on those premises,” Paxton said in his response. “However, churches may instead decide not to provide notice and to allow the carrying of handguns on their premises. Unless a church provides effective oral or written notice prohibiting the carrying of handguns on its property, a license holder may carry a handgun onto the premises of church property as the law allows.”
Can anyone imagine the churches in Colonial America, who fought against the tyranny of Britain, thinking this would be acceptable? They certainly didn’t think the tyranny of Thomas Gage was acceptable.
Paxton also stated that said that voluntary security teams that churches formed are exempt from the state’s initial $400 private security fee on such groups and subsequent renewal costs.
Well, again, why should the American people pay for a right they already have from God, not a permission they get from the state, and that is supposed to be protected under our Constitution? This is just logical.
Americans need to understand what our forefathers would have thought about such “laws” and commentary on their rights. They would have been against “licensing” for money to exercise one’s natural God-given rights and they certainly would have been against gun free zones, where the vast majority of mass shootings have occurred in our country.
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