Texas businesses that want to prohibit firearms are required to post 30.06 or 30.07 signs to alert customers of their policy. While the requirement sounds logical to most people, the anti-gun businesses are up in arms against the rule. Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church and Antidote Coffee say that the requirements make it harder for them to keep firearms away from their premises.
Bloomberg's Everytown Law and Jones Day law firm filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the establishments, alleging that the use of state-approved signs violates their first amendment rights.
The law firms claim that the state requirements have burdened the businesses and that they should be able to display any anti-gun signs they wanted. They added that businesses have to display signs prohibiting concealed carry and open carry separately. Additionally, the lawsuit claims that the establishments were required to put a separate sign for unlicensed rifles, which are legal in Texas. The litigants, therefore, request the court to declare the signs unconstitutional.
Other anti-gun groups allege that the signs were intentionally designed to discourage the anti-gun businesses from displaying them. However, Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, the official behind the signs, disputed their claims.
"They're complaining that the sign is too prominent essentially," Patterson told journalists. "But if it's that important to them, would they feel good with a two-inch-by-two-inch sign that had a handgun with a red circle around it and a red diagonal bar across it that nobody's going to see?"
Mom's Demand Action also claims that gun owners were ignoring the signs if they did not meet the state requirements. This is because the armed patrons could not be prosecuted for criminal trespass if the signs were illegal.
The anti-gun businesses should be grateful that the state recognizes their rights to keep firearms away. However, it is very naïve for them to believe that any signs would keep away a determined armed criminal.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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