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In The News / Re: Carry at State Fair
« on: October 05, 2016, 04:07:10 PM »
Anyone know if you can still carry at the State Fair this year as in the past if you showed your LTC. Local news made a special mention that everyone would go through a metal detector and bags would be searched and even said "you need to leave your guns at home". Just wondering.

This from the official website:

License to Carry a Handgun
A person holding a valid Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC), or a valid concealed handgun license from a reciprocating state, is permitted to enter the Fair with his or her concealed handgun, provided that he or she thereafter fully complies with all applicable laws.  LTC holders are responsible for knowing and complying with all applicable Texas laws.  For example, under Texas Penal Code Section 46.035 a LTC holder is prohibited from carrying a concealed handgun (1) inside Cotton Bowl Stadium or on any other premises where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place, (2) on the premises of a business that derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, or (3) while intoxicated.
State Fair of Texas prohibits Fair attendees (including LTC holders) from openly carrying handguns while at the Fair.  If an individual attempts to enter the Fair with an openly carried handgun, he or she will not be allowed to enter the Fair unless he or she conceals the handgun (if he or she has a valid LTC) or secures the handgun in his or her vehicle or at some offsite location. If an LTC holder enters the Fair with a concealed handgun and then begins to openly carry the handgun, he or she will be asked to either conceal the handgun or to leave the Fair.
NOTE:  State Fair of Texas does not provide lockers for the storage or checking of weapons for LTC holders, so please plan your visit to the Fair accordingly.  For example, if you plan to attend a game or event in the Cotton Bowl Stadium, please secure your weapon at home or in your vehicle prior to entering the fairgrounds.
The State Fair of Texas has received inquiries about its decision not to allow open carry of handguns during the Fair and would like to clear up some of the questions that have been raised.  It is important to understand that the State Fair of Texas is—and always has been—a private entity.  The Fair leases property from the City of Dallas but is not part of the City or controlled by the City.  Also, many of you have read or heard recently about a private organization that may begin operating Fair Park as a whole. That is a different organization that is not related to the Fair.
The State Fair of Texas has long been, and continues to be, a strong supporter of the rights of responsible gun owning Texans.  For that reason, the Fair has long allowed Fair attendees with concealed handgun licenses to carry their handguns while at the Fair (except for locations prohibited by law).
With the recently enacted open-carry law, the State Fair of Texas considered whether to allow openly carried handguns during the Fair.  After carefully considering the issue, the Fair has decided to prohibit open carry, while continuing to allow concealed carry.  This decision is consistent with an August 9, 2016 opinion letter issued by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, in which the Attorney General confirmed that the law which prohibits the government from banning handguns from most government property (Texas Government Code 411.209) applies only to bans implemented by the government and does not override the rights of a private entity that happens to operate on property leased from the government.  In that situation, the private entity is no different than any other business operating on private property.
We know that this is an important issue for many Texans, and that the Fair’s decision may disappoint potential fairgoers who regularly and responsibly practice open carry.  However, the Fair strongly believes that allowing concealed carry and prohibiting open carry is a reasonable compromise that best ensures the safety and comfort of all Fair attendees. 

I'm wondering if I get stopped in another state, will LEO's know about my Texas LTC in as much as it is so closely related to my Texas D/L -

But I am wondering if I get stopped now, will an out of state LEO find out that I have a Texas LTC - this might arouse his suspicion to the point of a tense, long & messy vehicle search -

Thanks in advance for any info -


Given that just about anything can trigger/justify a traffic stop, but absent probable cause or reasonable suspicion, there really wouldn't be much chance of a LEO conducting subsequent search of your vehicle.  They can request your consent to search.  You can always refuse.  Sometimes it works.  Sometimes it doesn't.  Let's, however, say you're traveling through a jurisdiction "hostile" to gun owners (anti-second amendment).  Personal experience: there are quite a few of them in Maryland, Ohio, Illinois, New York...where local law enforcement seeking to "get guns off the street" will target vehicles displaying license plates from "gun friendly" states like Texas, and pull them over.  Washington, D.C., New Jersey, New York, and Maryland have been known to target vehicles displaying Virginia license plates as well.  They make no secret of it. You can safely assume that the officer will run your license plates through NCIC, and will immediately be advised if anybody associated with the vehicle's registration has a concealed weapons permit.  It's a nation-wide automated system.  The officer will likely have that information long before he/she hits the lights and pulls you over.

I am not an attorney.  Nothing in law says you must first endure a beating at the hands of your aggressor before you can defend yourself.  That being said, any use of deadly force, anywhere, righteous or not, will really complicate your life. Hence, I carry "weapons-grade" pepper spray as an alternative for scenarios as you describe.  Good comportment is everything: I make it a point to never deviate from Rule Nr. 1 of John Farnham's "Layers of Response":

Layer One: Nonattendance. The best way to handle any potentially injurious encounter is don’t be there. Arrange to be somewhere else. Don’t go to stupid places. Don’t associate with stupid people. Don’t do stupid things. This is the advice I give to all students of defensive firearms. Winning a gunfight, or any other potentially injurious encounter, is financially and emotionally burdensome. The aftermath will become your full-time job for weeks or months afterward, and you will quickly grow weary of writing checks to lawyer(s). It is, of course, better than being dead or suffering a permanently disfiguring or disabling injury, but the “penalty” for successfully fighting for your life is still formidable. A superior gunman is best defined as one who uses his superior judgment in order to keep himself out of situations that would require the use of his superior skills.”

General Firearms Law Discussion / Re: Traveling from Texas to Florida
« on: July 27, 2016, 09:01:31 AM »
Check with these folks.  Click on state of choice for specifics:

"The Devil is in the details."  Specifics?

Gun Talk / Re: concealed carry badges
« on: July 27, 2016, 07:09:56 AM »
While searching for a CWP wallet I found several with a CWP badge included. What are the pros and cons and what do the police think of them. As long as I don't use it, flash it, or misrepresent it such as impersonating a police officer, or intimidate with it is it advisable to have?   

Bad idea.  The badge is a universally recognized symbol of authority.  A CWP does not confer authority.  It grants permission to carry a weapon concealed. Nothing more.  It doesn't matter wether or not you flash it or misrepresent it.  If it should merely cause someone to believe you're a law enforcement officer, it could get you in a lot of trouble. 

In The News / Re: The Day We All Hope Doesn't Happen
« on: March 15, 2016, 11:14:06 AM »
"The customer who shot the suspect is described as a 60-year-old Seattle man who visits the store every morning to get coffee."

As novelist John Steinbeck once famously said, "Never pick a fight with an old man.  If he's too old to fight, he'll just kill you."

I'm not an attorney, but I did play Clarence Darrow in my college production of "Inherit the Wind." Ahem, could be dicey, adversely impacting private property rights.  Better solution: you don't like my gun?  You don't get my money.  I make it a point to never go anywhere my gun isn't welcome.  I prefer to tell the owners I'm spending my money elsewhere and tell them why.  From what I've seen around these parts, 30.06 signs go away when the business starts losing patrons because of it.       

General Firearms Law Discussion / Re: Customization
« on: January 02, 2016, 08:14:29 AM »
"Optics" can be a bear.  Well, for what it's worth, I know personally of a criminal case wherein this very thing was introduced into evidence by the prosecution, along with everything in the defendant's "arsenal" in his "compound."  Decorate, modify, and accessorize to your heart's content, but if dragged into court, have an attorney who knows what he/she is talking about when it comes to firearms and the shooting sports.  It's the only way to counter a prosecutor intent in advancing his/her career over your broken bones. It's why I chose to sign up with TLS.

General Firearms Law Discussion / Re: Carrying in banks
« on: December 12, 2015, 11:51:55 AM »

My FORMER bank displayed this on their entrance doors.  Accordingly, I never carried a revolver into their establishment. 

Ask the Lawyers / Non U.S. citizen Purchase/Carry of Handgun
« on: November 15, 2015, 01:28:42 PM »
I have a family member legally in the U.S. with a currently valid immigration visa.  Can this person legally purchase or possess a firearm in the state of Texas?  Handgun?  Long arm?  Can this person obtain a Texas CHL and legally carry?   

In The News / Re: Paris attacks
« on: November 15, 2015, 01:15:39 PM »
I know your thinking I'm nuts and we don't do this stuff here in America.

Not me, bubba! It's what kept me alive for many years in some nasty places outside the U.S. And, unfortunately, we will have to do this stuff here in America.  Tops on my list:
1. I never went into any place I couldn't walk out of.
   a. Note the location of a secondary escape route.
   b. Never sit with your back to the door.
   c. Never sit at a sidewalk cafe.
2. If my gun can't enter, then neither can I.

In The News / Viking Axe for Home Security?
« on: October 09, 2015, 09:59:38 AM »
Never bring a Viking axe to a gunfight...

See:  http://

The Viking axe (known as the "bearded" axe for its blade shape) had its place in the 10th century.  The advent of gunpowder made it nothing more than a novelty weapon here in the 21st century.  Worst idea(s) ever. I personally know many who think along these lines.  It's akin to muffling your home smoke detectors with cotton balls.  As if that were not bad enough, the man goes on a national news outlet to reveal his self-imposed limits and vulnerability in home security measures.  Anybody see a burglary in his future?  When it comes to personal protection in the home for me and mine, there are no limitations...well, the Claymores lining the driveway were a bit over the top, but I dug those out years ago.  As for the other countermeasures, that remains "classified" information.  Certainly not for discussion on CBS news.

Not an attorney either.  I did, however, portray Clarence Darrow in my college production of "Inherit the Wind." about this: you will be charged with a 30.06 violation.  Accordingly, TLS will disavow you.  As for the shooting itself, it all depends on the specifics.  Regardless, TLS don't know you.  You're on your own.  Up the creek.  Toast.  What do I win?  What say you TLS?

Gun Talk / The Versatile Ruger 10-22
« on: September 23, 2015, 02:10:26 PM »

Shown here is a suppressed Ruger 10-22 in use by Israeli forces.  Its role is highly specialized and surprisingly effective, especially when used in conjunction with a sub-sonic 60 gr. bullet.  I had heard the Israelis used them in their special operations units.  This is the first time I've seen one in action.  The only reason I wouldn't consider using .22lr in any self-defense or combat role is simply because rimfire ammo has an annoying tendency to misfire.  Not a problem, however, if backed-up with something belt-fed or crew-served.  I made the acquaintance of the little 10-22 late in life.  I now own several, and making up for lost time.  And, not unlike the Barbie doll or Polaroid camera, I'm beginning to suspect they could give you the rifle for free.  They probably make their money on the vast array of after-market accessories they sell you.  Top of the "tacti-cool" line is the 10-22's AR variant in the model SR-22.  Ok...I blew the milk money accessorizing that one, but is was soooo worth it.  10-shot groups no bigger than a nickel.  Flawless operation.  Multi-role capable.  Cheap to run and plenty o'fun!  Saving up my pennies for another one in checkered Turkish walnut with Mannlicher stock.  Everybody should have at least one in their quiver.  Be advised: like potato chips, you can't have just one.   ;)

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