We Do View Gun Control Differently Here: A Red State Perspective Part II

The Texas State Capitol has three lines at each entrance. One for legislators, one for the general public, and one for concealed carry permit holders. I understand legislators and state officials getting to use the express line, but only in Texas would we let people carrying a concealed weapon avoid the metal detectors. The metal detectors were placed after a Capitol visitor followed a female staffer, then fired his weapon into the air on the steps outside the main entrance.

When I stood in the long general visitor’s line this past January on the first day of the session watching permit holders breeze through the concealed carry line, I wondered: Do you have to have a weapon, or just a permit?

The answer, according to the New York Times: just a permit. So for $500 dollars you can buy a permit and gun, or for less than $200, you can buy just a permit and use the express line for a year.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/09/us/guns-get-a-pass-at-texas-capitol.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-thecaucus&_r=1&

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