Tuesday, January 5, 2016

 
OPEN CARRY AND THE MASS CONFUSION IN THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
 
I want to start with a funny told to me yesterday.  The substance is the same - but I am modifying it to give it more context.
 
A man in Walmart is approached by another man telling him how much he admires his hand gun which he has holstered and in open view,  The men chat for a minute, and then the man admiring the gun asks to see it.  He then walks away telling the owner of the gun that he now owns the gun. 
 
No matter how you view it displaying a handgun is dangerous.  While I do not like the concealed hand gun rule either, at least it is concealed and a thief cannot grab it from you and potentially cause a fight in Walmart.
 
WHAT I HAVE LEARNED
 
Many national chains according to local management have told their managers to hold tight until a decision can be made.  Some are waiting on counsel to deal with the potential liability issues, others are waiting for a response from the consumers.  The bottom line is no decision has been made. 
 
I checked with several local businesses and most owners had no idea what I was talking about.  They were totally unaware that people could now walk into their restaurant brandishing a gun on their hip.  I told them to consult with the BPD as to their rights as business owners. 
 
What I suspect is, it will be months before local businesses finally make a decision.  They never should have been put into this position.
 
AG KEN PAXTON ADDS FUEL TO THE FIRE BY ALLOWING FOR GUNS IN BUILDINGS WITH COURTS
 
If the building is a multi-use building - such as having courts, court offices, and non court offices the local entities must allow for open carry, but can bar the person from entering a courtroom or office supporting the courts. 
 
Attorney Ken Paxton has obviously never been in a courthouse.  The clerks are essential to the operation of the court.  But according to Paxton you can stand at the window of the county of district clerk with a gun on your hip, because you are technically not in their office area, just at their window.
 
You can stand outside any courtroom with a loaded gun, so long as you do not enter the courtroom.  You just wait for your enemy to exit the courtroom.
 
Many remember the case of Justice Fred Hinojosa being allegedly approached in the parking lot by a man who was unhappy with a ruling in a family law case.  Justice Hinojosa was never in real danger but the potential presented itself.  It should be a crime to even possess a gun in the parking lot of the courthouse.   We owe it to all who work in law enforcement to keep their work area free of guns unless you are their to protect those working to administer our legal system.
 
 
Just remember guys, when you choose to walk around with your gun exposed you are telling potential criminals you have a gun they can steal.  You are endangering yourself and everyone around you.

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