The metal dectetors at the entrances to the Texas Capitol are now up and running. It is a shame it has come down to this. The only good news is that the DPS created an “express lane” for CHL holders where you get to breeze through the secuirty check point.
An unanswered question at this point is can CHL holders now carry in the Senate and House observation decks that are open to the public? Last session before the security measures were in place you had to pass through a check point and leave your gun behind to enter one of the observation decks due to a 30.06 sign posted at the door like the one below.
“PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.06, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY HOLDER OF A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN) A PERSON LICENSED UNDER SUBCHAPTER H, CHAPTER 411, GOVERNMENT CODE (CONCEALED HANDGUN LAW), MAY NOT ENTER THIS PROPERTY WITH A CONCEALED HANDGUN.”
Now that the public has been screened at the front door there should not be additional screening to go on the observation deck. This should allow people to gain access to the observation decks much quicker than before and save CHL holders the hassle of having to find a friendly legislative office where the can store their gun while they are on the observation deck.
The Austin American Statesman Postcards blog points out the lighter side of the sitation by noting that some lobbyist and journalists will now be getting CHLs just so they can skip the secuity check points. It would be great to see some of the anti gun lobbyist and liberal media get a CHL just to skip the check point. Maybe during the CHL course they will learn a thing or two and change their ways! Or maybe they will fail the CHL class (most likely the shooting portion) and have to wait in line just like everyone else.
Here is an earlier post about the controversial new security measures.
And it is to good to pass up on, here is Jerry Patterson’s views of the new security measures.