I know this is an open carry forum, but since there isn't any in TX (which still blows my mind), I figured it'd be OK to talk CC. I'll be working in TX for a few months, and was planning to CC on my VA permit. My question is, "How do I know if an establishmentearns at least 51% of their income from alcohol sales?"
Of course, the easy answer is to err on the safe side and leave the gun in the car or at home, but I'd like to get a better feel for where the line is. Obviously, no-kidding bars
are out, and I can generally spot those.
But does your typical restaurant (Macaroni Grill, Applebees, County Line, whatever) qualify?
Quite simple: If you don't see a 51% sign it does NOT.
They are required to post them clearly visible. They will be near the door; they will follow the required signage precisely (never a "no guns signs" that matters); or they will be over the bar or somewhere the whole room can see it.
BTW: There are very few such true "bars" unless you seek out a true drinking establishment. Most serve food or have other sources of income.
Even what looks like a bar in a hotel is almsot always NOT one by the legal definition -- since it is part of the hotel is can never qualify.
The line in Texas is VERY BRIGTH and very obvious.
Practically no 'typical' restaurant qualifies -- no restaurant of any type typically qualifies. I have gone through 10 years and cannot remember seeing any; maybe I did once or twice but it just doesn't happen very often.
You can't carry INSIDE a school building or at a school athletic event, but you can carry on the grounds otherwise.
You need to recognize the 30.06 (optional signs) although there are very few of these either and the 51% sign -- other than that you pretty much don't have an issue except really obvious places like the court house.
The 30.06 sign is also meaningless if it doesn't follow the prescribed wording (down to spelling, puntuation, and even the quotes), size, color/contrast, English AND Spanish (even if you only speak one of them) etc.
Signs that say "no guns" or the slash-ghost-buster sign mean nothing if you are legally carrying on a CHL. Signs on convenience stores or liquor stores that talk about no unlicensed carry are not about you -- they enhance the criminal penalty for illegal carry.
And WELCOME. Enjoy Texas. Stay safe and stay legal.
I'm not a lawyer so check for yourself, but they make us take a test.
Here's the main Tx DPS (Dept Public Safety) site: