De­vel­op­ments in Texas af­ter the Con­necti­cut school shoot­ing,

Austin American-Statesman - - FRONT PAGE - — Mike Ward, aMer­i­can-StateS­Man Staff

Although school dis­tricts across Texas have posted signs warn­ing that con­cealed weapons are pro­hib­ited from school prop­erty, the state of­fi­cial who wrote the state’s con­cealed-hand­gun law said Wed­nes­day those signs are bunk.

“They need to read the law,” Texas Land Com­mis­sioner Jerry Pat­ter­son said. “I can have my gun on cam­pus, ex­cept in a build­ing, re­gard­less of what that sign says. Signs do not make law. School boards don’t make law.”

“The signs don’t stop a per­son from cam­pus shoot­ings,” the former state se­na­tor said. “Ar­guably they give the de­ranged shooter con­fi­dence be­cause he thinks the cam­pus is a gun-free zone.”

Pat­ter­son said when he picks up his third-grade twins from school, he wheels onto school prop­erty “with firearms in my pos­ses­sion. The signs are wrong.”

State law val­i­dates Pat­ter­son’s as­ser­tions.

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