Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is now officially a gun-free zone!

In years past, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has been a largely peaceful, fun, annual event in Texas. And every year, the question of whether or not it was legal to carry on the grounds has come up. There was a time when the HLSR didn’t seem to have an official policy on the issue. The law however, was generally clear.

If one were to enter, for example, the bull or bronco riding events, you are obviously at a “professional sporting event” and it would be illegal to carry on the premises of the event in which that was occurring. But if you’re just attending the carnival outside that event, concealed carry technically isn’t an issue. But in 2011, there was a shooting between “teens” on the carnival grounds. and a movement to ban guns entirely from the event gained steam. Fast forward to 2015 and there are now metal detectors at all HLSR entrances.

Unfortunately, the event is still far from secure. What takes place cannot even remotely be called a “search” or even light screening. Anyone so inclined, could still walk-in with a blade or even a gun. Anyone who intends to do others harm, will still do so. And a sure sign that the HLSR isn’t what it used to be is the latest kerfuffle…A student’s artwork has been rejected because it merely contained the image of a gun. This, from an organization that allegedly prides itself on celebrating cowboys and Texas culture…You’d think it was the Austin Livestock Show and Rodeo or something!

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It’s not a joke. A “gun free” BBQ joint in Durham, N.C. really was robbed at gun point.

“We’re offering $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of these guys,” Hatem said. “We take this very seriously. We want to make sure our guests and our staff are taken care of.”

via Restaurant employees assaulted during armed robbery | abc11.com.

 

I kept thinking this HAD to be a joke.  But, it seems a Durham, North Carolina barbeque restaurant was indeed robbed in spite of a sign on their front door stating no weapons were allowed. More specifically, “no concealed fireams” are allowed. You can see the full story here…http://abc11.com/news/restaurant-employees-assaulted-during-armed-robbery/66643/

It seems the suspects decided to enter through the back door and never saw that sign. No one was seriously injured but, at least one employee did go to the hospital and has since been released.  The irony of the fact his gun free zone did nothing to protect and may even have led to him being targeted his patrons or employee’s seems to be completely lost on the owner.