Developments in Texas after the Connecticut school shooting,
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.