Saturday, September 03, 2005

HB 823 in the news...

For some reason, the media waited until the law was actually passed before they jumped on it. Here's an example of what we are seeing, this from KWTX TV:
Texans have long been allowed to carry handguns in their vehicles when they're traveling, but starting Thursday anyone over 21 who's not a gang member may carry a concealed weapon in a vehicle whether traveling or not.
Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

As in, incorrect.

Journalists, please bother to actually read the law before you spout off on it. I'm going to keep posting this until it either gets through or I lose control and smash the screen with my forehead.

The law actually states:
(i) For purposes of Subsection (b)(3), a person is presumed to be traveling if the person is:
(1) in a private motor vehicle;
(2) not otherwise engaged in criminal activity, other than a Class C misdemeanor that is a violation of a law or ordinance regulating traffic;
(3) not otherwise prohibited by law from possessing a firearm;
(4) not a member of a criminal street gang, as defined by Section 71.01; and
(5) not carrying a handgun in plain view.

This law has now defined traveling. It does not permit Texans to carry a concealed weapon in their motor vehicle "whether they are traveling or not." It states that they are now permitted to carry a concealed weapon in their motor vehicle when they are traveling, and goes on to clearly define traveling.

Journalists, reporters, whatever you want to be called--get it right, or shut up.

Previous referece: Some HB823 Details

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