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June 13, 2007

Vol. 1   No. 12

30.06

If you are licensed under Texas Government Code, Chapter 411, Subchapter H, I am going to assume you know the ramifications of the "30.06" notice being posted on a private business.

I'll also assume that you are a law abiding citizen, and that, as such, you would never carry your handgun on business property where the "30.06" notice is displayed.

But, what if you're not carrying your handgun?  How then does the "30.06" notice affect whether or not you will enter a business?  Will you patronize a business that won't let you carry a handgun on its property?  Will you leave your handgun in your car and go on in to the restaurant, and enjoy your meal?

Many folks say, "Sure, I don't mind.  After all, the business owner's property rights are as important as my 2nd Amendment Rights."

Others proudly proclaim, "I'll never patronize a business whose owners are obviously anti-gun bums."

Before you make a decision, consider what the "30.06" notice for what it really does.

The "30.06" notice is much more than an expression of the business owner's feelings about handguns.  Also, it goes way beyond denying you the right to adequately defend yourself.  It is an announcement to every nut in the neighborhood, to the effect:

PURSUANT TO SECTION 30.06, PENAL CODE (TRESPASS BY HOLDER OF A LICENSE TO CARRY A CONCEALED HANDGUN) PERSONS ON THIS PROPERTY ARE UNARMED AND MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES.

By displaying the "30.06" notice, the property owner has not only reduced your ability to defend yourself and your loved ones, he might have substantially increased you risk of death or serious bodily injury, at the hands of any nut that feels a need to run up a body-count.  He has publicly announced that only criminals will be allowed to possess guns on his property.

The decision to patronize a business that displays the "30.06" notice is yours to make.  Before you make your decision, I hope you will consider the possible consequences.


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