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Texas - A Tough Place ?

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1. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Seems in Texas things are different. You're allowed to shoot guys in the back after they've robbed your neighbour's house.

2. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 8y

Yes, things are definitely different in Texas....

Texas has always had rather "loose" gun laws...as I recall, you can actually wear a gun in public as long as it's not concealed....bit of an old West mentality, but...

Interestingly, the Supreme Court of the United States just ruled that Washington DC, our nations capitol, could not ban gun ownership. Apparently, if citizens could not own guns, only criminals would have guns. The Second Amendment to our Constitution allows "the right to bear arms"....though I thought it was for keeping a militia. I don't suspect the Founding Fathers had any idea that people would develop guns that could kill 300 people per minute. How many "drive by" musket shootings could there be? "Wait right there, I have to reload (2 minutes pass)....Hey wait, I'm not done reloading!!"

This is one of my favorite interpretations of the Second Amendment:

The Right to Bear Arms

3. Posted by wotthefiqh (Inactive 1447 posts) 8y

Quoting beerman

Yes, things are definitely different in Texas....

Texas has always had rather "loose" gun laws...as I recall, you can actually wear a gun in public as long as it's not concealed....bit of an old West mentality, but...

Interestingly, the Supreme Court of the United States just ruled that Washington DC, our nations capitol, could not ban gun ownership. Apparently, if citizens could not own guns, only criminals would have guns. The Second Amendment to our Constitution allows "the right to bear arms"....though I thought it was for keeping a militia. I don't suspect the Founding Fathers had any idea that people would develop guns that could kill 300 people per minute. How many "drive by" musket shootings could there be? "Wait right there, I have to reload (2 minutes pass)....Hey wait, I'm not done reloading!!"

This is one of my favorite interpretations of the Second Amendment:

The Right to Bear Arms

Beerman,
That is one funny t-shirt.
Checked out the site and I liked -

New Mexico
Cleaner Than Regular Mexico

but being a Civil War nut, I was taken by -

Robert E. Lee
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Class of 1825

4. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 8y

I remember when I was working in San Antonio, there was a sign outside the bank on the ground floor of the building I work in.

"This is a reminder that concealed weapons are not allowed on the premises."

I always remember thinking, "what are folks supposed to do, leave their weapons in the cars with the kids?"

Turns out the Government of Texas has an answer...

Q: If I drive to a shopping mall that does not permit handguns, will I be allowed to park in the parking lot and leave my gun in the car?

A: If the parking lot is not posted with the sign described above, handguns may be left in cars.

Ah, so there you go. "Hey Billy, hold this while I run into the bank to deposit my pay cheque, and don't point it at your sister."

They love their freedom. It wasn't until after I left Texas the first time in 2001 that they passed a law making it illegal to be driving in your car with an open container of alcohol.

5. Posted by Araluen (Respected Member 346 posts) 8y

Quoting GregW

I remember when I was working in San Antonio, there was a sign outside the bank on the ground floor of the building I work in.

"This is a reminder that concealed weapons are not allowed on the premises."

Turns out the Government of Texas has an answer...

Q: If I drive to a shopping mall that does not permit handguns, will I be allowed to park in the parking lot and leave my gun in the car?

A: If the parking lot is not posted with the sign described above, handguns may be left in cars.

Ah, so there you go. "Hey Billy, hold this while I run into the bank to deposit my pay cheque, and don't point it at your sister."

See it's the "concealed" weapon bit that, to me at least, puts a different spin on things. If you were had a weapon where it couldn't be seen that to me is "concealed." But were you to have it in sight on display then it would no longer be "concealed."
And:
Q: What are the requirements for obtaining a license?

A: The concealed handgun law sets out a number of qualifications that must be met. A number of factors may disqualify you from obtaining a license, such as: defaults on taxes, governmental fees, student loans or child support. Stone the crows, if a bloke failed to meet child support payments that makes him ineligible to have a gun??? Amazing ain't it how they determined who is/could be dangerous?

Ah....but then ...The concealed handgun law was designed to encourage those who have made no effort whatsoever to pay what they owe.

Well, I gues there wouldn't be too many blokes in Texas who default on their child-support.

But i really like this one:
Q: Can I carry a handgun when I am drinking?
A: Under the concealed handgun law, it is illegal to carry a handgun if you are intoxicated. The best idea is to leave your weapon at home if you intend to consume any alcoholic beverages.

You can still drink and carry.LOL

I'm afraid I didn't read all the rest of that link, there were so many Qs & As , it'd almost put you off.