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Waller County and AG’s Office Go Head-to-Head Over Open Carry In Court Offices

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state’s open carry law that prohibits firearms “on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” In a […]

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Guns in Courthouses and a Federal Judicial Backlog: Monday’s Show (September 12, 2016)

Posted on · Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton recently filed a lawsuit against Waller County over signs that ban firearms posted in its multipurpose county courthouse in Hempstead. The suit centers on an exemption in the state’s open carry law that prohibits firearms “on the premises of any government court or offices utilized by the court.” In a […]

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How Law Enforcement Deals with Open Carriers Amidst Rising Tensions

Posted on · Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot – and three more wounded – Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. State police officials today say the shooter “was targeting officers.” The attack on police, of course, follows the one in Dallas just eleven days ago at an otherwise peaceful protest organized in response to two high-profile […]

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Law Enforcement and Open Carry: Monday’s Show (July 18, 2016)

Posted on · Three law enforcement officers were fatally shot – and three more wounded – Sunday morning in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. State police officials today say the shooter “was targeting officers.” The attack on police, of course, follows the one in Dallas just eleven days ago at an otherwise peaceful protest organized in response to two high-profile […]

Good, Bad and Ugly

Listeners Weigh in on Planned Parenthood and Open Carry Discussions

Posted on · And now, some of your recent comments: Planned Parenthood Teresa wrote us following our panel’s discussion on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly about a Harris County grand jury’s decision not to indict Planned Parenthood, but rather to indict the anti-abortion activists who sought to trap the organization in an undercover video sting. She […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Texas’ Open Carry Law

Posted on · Open carry has been in effect in the state of Texas for a month now. The new law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry pistols openly. But private businesses can ban it on their premises, providing — at every entrance — they post 30.07 signs, so named for the statute which requires them. Those […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Open Carry: Monday’s Show (February 1, 2016)

Posted on · Open carry has been in effect in the state of Texas for a month now. The new law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry pistols openly. But private businesses can ban it on their premises, providing — at every entrance — they post 30.07 signs, so named for the statute which requires them. Those […]

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How Will Open Carry Affect Residents, Businesses and Law Enforcement?

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. We discuss the nuances of […]