As a (now) dyed-in-wool Texan I have to admit it: the Lone Star State isn’t the most gun-friendly of places. Compared to Rhode Island (from whence I came), it’s a paradise of firearms freedom. Compared to Arizona (where Constitutional Carry holds sway) or Utah (where permit holders can carry in schools), Texas is still restrictive. But we have a secret weapon in the fight to defend and extend gun rights restoration. . .
See those big ass signs to the right of the door to Time Warner Cable soon-to-be Spectrum store? The bricks-and-mortar alternative to hold music hell is sporting 30.06 and 30.07 notifications. Let’s have a closer look . . .
The thirty-ought-six sign (left) bans concealed carry. The thirty-ought-seven sign (right) bans open carry. Texans who want to transform their business into a mythical “gun-free zone” have to post BOTH signs — complete with their 1″ bilingual text — at the entrance to their establishment. Wait. Did I say “the” entrance? To be legal they have to be posted at EVERY entrance.
How great is that? Really great! For some strange reason, businesses don’t like to plaster their front window and back doors with these ginormous posters. So . . . they don’t. Some leave them off entirely (win!). Some only post 30.07 signs (partial win!). And some ignore the law and post smaller more authentically pleasing (i.e., forgettable) signs that don’t carry the force of law (something of a win!). Here’s an example snapped at the restaurant directly across from the TWC/Spectrum store.
No 1911’s! Because the above “no guns allowed” sign isn’t legal, you’re good to stow at Salata. If you open carry and they clock your GLOCK, they can ask you to leave. You’re obliged to do so. Same thing if you’re carrying concealed, but who’s gonna know?
I don’t mean to get lost in the weeds. My point: Texas firearms signage requirements are both singular and totally awesome! Not only are the huge signs a huge disincentive for marketing-minded businesses to ban legal carry, they’re also an advertisement for potential robbers (come and take it?). Which is another disincentive to go all “gun free zone.”
My modest proposal: a federal “no guns allowed” signage law. From sea to shining sea (and out to Hawaii and Guam), any U.S. business that bans concealed and/or open carry has to post these same huge notices at every entrance.
Yes, yes, I know: federal laws suck, generally. If Uncle Sam could mandate “gun free zone” signs could mandate other signage. The next thing you know there’ll be mandatory health warnings on cigarette packages and nutritional information on all packaged foods. Oh wait . . .