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.