But what I find more...alarming I guess... is that the Senator also asks if licensed carry (including concealed) is banned entirely on school property, not just on "premises." Specifically, parking lots, walkways, etc. This is a much bigger deal than the OC issue above.
2. Does TPC 46.03(a)(1) prohibit the carrying of firearms on the grounds of a school district
where educational activity is being conducted to include parking lots, driveways sidewalks or
walkways of the school property?
One interpretation of TPC 46.03(a)(l) holds that weapons are not prohibited on school parking
lots, sidewalks or walkways by operation of the definition of "premises" found in TPC 46.035
and incorporated by reference into TPC 46.03. However, there is additional language in section
46.03(a)(l) that goes beyond the term "physical premises." Specifically, that same section adds
that weapons are prohibited, "on any grounds ... on which an activity sponsored by a school or
educational institution is being conducted." School classes, educational activities, athletic
activities, band activities, etc., are all activities sponsored by the school district., The "grounds"
needed, or being used, to conduct the activities include the sidewalks, walkways, driveways and
parking lots of the schools. These are all necessary grounds being used so that the activities
sponsored by the school can be performed.
I believe in this instance it is Whitmire that is stretching the interpretation past reason, but if he is correct, then you cannot legally carry, even concealed, when you drop off or pick up your kid at school.
His letter is here:
https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/op ... 0054KP.pdf