Going to Austin. State capital question.

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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby oljames3 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:56 pm

bblhd672 wrote:Is carry in the Capitol concealed only or is open carry allowed? Planning first trip to Capitol also.

The last three times I have been to the capitol since 1/1/2016, I have carried openly.
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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby Papa_Tiger » Sun Oct 22, 2017 1:57 pm

SRO1911 wrote:similar question.
Last year when I visited the capital I went solo and used the express entrance, next time I will probably take my son.
Does he get to follow me through the express lane or do I have to accompany him through the mere mortal entrance?

You have to send him through the normal line. But once you do, you can cut over to the LTC line. The State Troopers there will watch him as you make your way around.

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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby John Galt » Sun Oct 22, 2017 2:39 pm

treadlightly wrote:I haven't been to the Capital since getting my card from the State, but I really want to.

It would be an honor to enter a seat of power in this State in which an unknown number of law abiding strangers are armed and in which I am trusted to carry a weapon by those who regulate my activities on authority of the consent of the governed.

That, to me, is what citizenship feels like. Every time a law abiding citizen in full possession of his rights and bearing his responsibilities with zeal participates in the business of government, even by so casual a thing as a tourist's visit to the Capital building, democracy is vitalized.

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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby SRO1911 » Sun Oct 22, 2017 10:51 pm

Papa_Tiger wrote:
SRO1911 wrote:similar question.
Last year when I visited the capital I went solo and used the express entrance, next time I will probably take my son.
Does he get to follow me through the express lane or do I have to accompany him through the mere mortal entrance?

You have to send him through the normal line. But once you do, you can cut over to the LTC line. The State Troopers there will watch him as you make your way around.

Thanks, I was afraid that was the answer. Hopefully they can flex one way or the other - he is non verbal and can be a bit of a handful, we won't be separated.
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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby tool4daman » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:19 pm

I have a friend from out of state who holds a carry permit from his home state of Florida, which Texas recognizes. We are planning on visiting the State Capitol building. I haven't read or heard of anything that would prohibit him from carrying into the State Capitol with his Florida permit, but want to ensure I haven't missed anything. Anyone know of any reason he would not be allowed to carry there?
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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby Bruin98 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 4:59 pm

My brother from AZ was not allowed to carry in capitol building. No explanation was given as to why not.

I wasn't there. I got an unrepeatable text message about it.

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Re: Going to Austin. State capital question.

Postby ELB » Mon Oct 23, 2017 5:53 pm

I can't point to it right now, but I do believe the rules for carry at the Capitol (set by the Legislature, not DPS) only recognize Texas issued LTCs. The DPS (at least the times I went) compare the LTC you hand them to the DPS database to make sure it is current. They couldn't do that with every state's license.
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