Sorry, I am new here (and to concealed carry), but I have a question that has been bothering me for some time. I have read through a number of threads on this topic, but I honestly don’t understand the complacency. I apologize for bringing this up again, but I am really struggling with this. Since I am new to all this, please let me know if I am misunderstanding anything, or just being dumb in general (my wife seems to think that happens a lot for some strange reason
Personally (and this is just my own opinion) I don’t have a problem with the requirements for a concealed carry permit, nor do I have a problem with people or businesses who do not want firearms on their private property. However, I can’t understand how the placing of a sign makes an otherwise completely law abiding citizen a forever recorded criminal for simply placing a foot inside a building open to all of the general public just they put up a discriminatory sign.
If someone is asked to leave, for any reason, from a private residence or a business they should leave and criminal penalties might ensue if they refuse. But how in the world are you automatically a criminal for being a law abiding citizen? There is a reason you can’t put up a sign saying “No (fill in the blank) People Allowed!”
I know there is the argument that 30.06 is the law, and if you don’t like it you should leave Texas. I honestly mean no offense, but this is a nonsensical argument. Every new law that has been enacted or changed over the millennia would never have been done if that argument made any sense.
The other argument is that you should just choose not to go anywhere with the sign up. This might work in some cities, but frankly I find this quite literally impossible. That would mean NEVER going to the movies, a very large number of grocery stores, any houses of worship, any and all zoos, amusement parks, or the like, toy stores, auto dealers, many restaurants, etc. Looking at texas3006 there are a huge number of locations with signs. It is in no way some small number of locations, it is a very significant inconvenience and extremely dangerous to anyone who has to unholster and lock up their firearm in a car every single time they go to any of these places.
The only thing I really have a problem with is that stepping one foot past a sign into any of a very large buildings in Texas makes any concealed carry person a de facto criminal, and that criminal record will follow them forever. They can put up signs, and they can ask you to leave, but you automatically being a criminal for walking through a door to a building open to the public seems utterly ridiculous.
30.06 seems unconstitutional, and I would very much like it challenged and taken as high in the court system as necessary. I don’t see the difference of putting up a sign for anything a business owner doesn’t like and you being a criminal if you enter the building. Can you put up a sign that says no democrats allowed, no Christians allowed, etc.?
Why are law enforcement exempt from carry weapons in posted businesses? The normal answer might be that they can be trusted with their weapons and concealed carry permit holders can’t. Either the training and requirements for concealed carry are adequate or they are not, either concealed carry is legal or it is not. If a business will not allow law abiding citizens, which the state has judged and permitted to concealed carry, to defend themselves and others, then they should be required to have trained, armed security guards at their business and metal detectors for everyone entering to keep out the bad guys (I realize that is never going to happen but hopefully you get my point).
Why has there been no fund setup to raise money to fight this in court? Why are we just accepting it? Many laws have been overturned in the courts, why not this one?
TLDR: Take out the following four words from 30.06 (d): “a Class C misdemeanor”