ElGato wrote:I want to make failure to conceal a class C misdemeanor with a fine ( ticket ) and no other penalties, I think this is something that can be done and would be a good move in the right direction.
Little step's have worked for us, just keep moving forward.
I want to add a word to your proposal ....."INTENTIONAL" failure to conceal ... (as opposed to wind blowing up my shirt)
Last session Campus Carry seemed to be a big hassle for very little improvement. There aren't that many CHL holders affected by Campus Carry.
While I'm sure our campus is not typical Campus Carry would affect 15% of our faculty and staff (about to be 20% in a month plus processing).
As and educator and parent I'm in support of Campus Carry.
I really worry that the LACK of campus carry might affect a great number more people one day. (Like what would have occurred if the CHL had not stopped that Houston bus hijacking etc.)
I'd like to see that felony in the Education code for "threatening to display/displaying etc" reduced or eliminated.
I mean there was an incident last year where a guy across the street (not on school property?) had a rifle and was firing at people on school property ... if I'm picking up my niece from school and I'm in the parking lot, I have to run across the parking lot and off school property while he takes potshots, in order to try to stop him shooting at kids in the parking lot/playground?
AFTER getting OFF the school property, I could yell, (to cause him enough alarm to stop shooting at the kids)
"STOP SHOOTING AT THE KIDS OR I'LL DRAW MY GUN".... but it's a felony to say that
on the parking lot?
Texas Education Code Section 37.125 - Exhibition Of Firearms
Sec. 37.125. EXHIBITION OF FIREARMS. (a) A person commits an offense if, in a manner intended to cause alarm
or personal injury to another person or to damage school property, the person intentionally exhibits,
uses, or threatens to exhibit
or use a firearm:
(1) in or on any property, including a parking lot,
parking garage, or other parking area, that is owned by a private or public school; or
(2) on a school bus being used to transport children to or from school-sponsored activities of a private or public school.
(b) An offense under this section is a third degree felony.
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/D ... /ED.37.htm
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Good thing the bus that was being hijacked that the CHL stopped the hijacking wasn't a SCHOOL bus, else the CHL could be charged with a felony for helping save the kids. .... That would be cause for hesitation in saving the children.