By Joe Lanane
Austin, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- The city of Austin is violating state law by prohibiting licensed concealed handgun carriers inside City Hall, according to the Texas governor’s office.
A memo issued Oct. 9 by Gov. Greg Abbott’s legal team claims licensed concealed handgun carriers cannot be prevented from entering multipurpose government buildings as part of a new law that was approved this year and went into effect Sept. 1. Two district attorneys from Hays County and Tom Green County sought the governor’s opinion, which in turn was forwarded to the state attorney general’s office for final interpretation.
“The newly enacted SB 273 makes it unlawful-upon pain of civil penalties-for a state agency or political subdivision to completely bar entry to a governmental building unless the entire building is dedicated,” to court proceedings or governmental meetings, according to the memo.
A spokesperson for the Texas attorney general confirmed Ken Paxton’s office received the governor’s memo, but he has not yet issued responses to the two opinion requests or 25 statewide complaints regarding related law violations. All complaints are currently pending, according to the …Read the Rest