Gun control advocates simply don’t “get it.” Over the years, anti-Second Amendment proponents and their useful idiot moderate counterparts have asserted that it is “not a big deal” to undergo a background check or to obtain a concealed carry permit.
What they infuriatingly seem to lack to understand is that our Bill of Rights are not privileges, but ironclad rights afforded to mankind by God and protected by our government. Whether a background check is difficult or whether costly concealed carry permit is a reasonable burden is irrelevant to any discussion of constitutional liberties; our rights exist as-is and only one right within the Constitution goes the “extra mile” by emphasizing that the right “shall not be infringed.”
However, we must balance this responsibility with the rights of store owners. Though it is a certainly respectable position to believe that a right to self-preservation supersedes store policies, the rights of business owners must be considered.
Some stores simply don’t want customers who are armed. Thankfully, Texas has shifted this burden to businesses instead of those who seek to exercise their rights.
On January 1st, 2016, Texas’ open-carry law comes into effect which allows citizens of the Lone Star State to carry a pistol or rifle in the open. For companies that wish to ban such customers, the law requires them to clearly articulate this point.
The law requires that companies who wish to ban openly-carried firearms in their establishments must furnish a “30.07 sign,” a reference to the Texas penal code. The sign costs $65.
Even better, if businesses wish to ban concealed carriers from their establishments, they must furnish another sign, a “30.06 sign,” to alert prospective customers that they are disallowed from entering with a concealed carry.
If a store wishes to ban both styles of carry, they must include both signs. This is an expense and a burden for store owners.
The signs also must meet certain criteria:
Penal Code Section 30.06(c)(3)(B) states that 30.06 concealed carry prohibited signs must “include the language described by Paragraph (A) in both English and Spanish; appears in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height; and is displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.”
It’s the same for open-carry signs.
The two signs will take-up significant space on windows and store fronts, so hopefully stores will consider whether or not their discriminatory policies are worth the hassle, the loss of advertising space and the loss of business by those who refuse to patronize stores that prohibit the exercise of their rights.
Those who violate the signs must first be asked to leave. If one refuses to leave, he will be subject to a $200 fine.
Of course, the purpose of concealed carry is that nobody should be able to readily tell if one is carrying and even if the weapon is discovered, all good citizens should abide by a store owner’s request to vacate.
The new law is a win for Second Amendment advocates as it serves as an inversion of the typical burden placed upon gun owners: instead of requiring gun owners to consider where their guns are allowed, the law makes it legal to carry a firearm anywhere unless otherwise noted.
But, again, concealed carry means exactly that and the right to self-preservation, to many, supersedes such difficult-to-enforce statutes.