It’s been now five days since the new open carry law has taken effect in all of Texas. However, some counties are still not ready for the changes that come with the law.
“But this particular building we are still trying to figure out what we need to do in terms of the signage,” says Cameron County Administrator David Garcia.
That building is the old Cameron County Courthouse, also known as the Dancy building… it is where the Cameron County Commission is still trying to decide on what to do in terms of signage against the new open carry statute.
“We are still holding back on making any decisions on any of our buildings because there are some issues that we need to clear up in respect to how certain buildings in the county will be handled with regards to signage,” says Garcia.
The new law is clear, any concealed licensed holders can now openly carry their handguns on properly secure holsters. With exceptions… the no go zones, which include schools, amusement parks, churches and of course government buildings such as courthouses.
“We just want to make sure that we’re doing the right thing you know it’s a new law and a lot of the people that are going to be open carrying and are licensed and more than likely most of them are law abiding citizens,” says Garcia.
Private businesses and buldings like the Dancy, where concealed handgun license holders could simply walk in before are now considering signs to restrict access to both open carry and concealed handguns. But as for now if you walk in open carrying…
“We would make sure that he’s a law abiding citizen and we will respect the law,” says Garcia.
According to the Cameron County Administrator they will have a clearer understanding and a better ideas as to which buildings will have signage hopefully, by the end of this month.
The district attorney says bringing a handgun to a no go zone, can be punished as a class a misdemeanor or a third degree felony depending on the area.