Houston Allowing Hidden Handguns On Public Transit


Houston will allow concealed handguns on trains and buses, says the Houston Chronicle. Transit system board members are set today to repeal a ban that has been in effect since 1995. The state legislature voted to allow licensed owners to carry concealed handguns in most public places. State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, a critic of such bans, plans to challenge them in other cities, probably starting with Austin. “They implemented these when there was collective hysteria from detractors, who said there would be blood in the streets and shootouts at every four-way stop,” he said. “None of that proved true.”

Some riders expressed concerns about the change. “I have seen arguments on buses, and this means that someone could be in the position to pull out their gun,” said Terry Mulhern, 50, a frequent rider on the rail. “It could get very dangerous.” Thomas Martin, a 34-year-old electrician, called the change a simple formality. “There is nothing stopping someone from carrying a handgun onto a bus or train now – not a metal detector or even someone watching,” he said. “And I don’t see a problem.”

Link: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/topstory/3011181

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