Interesting. What they also left out was that the purpose of the law is to protect citizens, period. If the law is vague, it would only be in so much in prosecuting people, not in protecting them. It is not the job of citizens to interpret the law or rulings of judges also -- for someone to be arrested for carrying in a restaurant, because the law isn't clear, as said by the attorney, would be ridiculous.
Additionally, for DPS to say that another law, removed, now comes in effect is even more ridiculous. That law is no longer on the books, it doesn't magically come back on the books because another law suddenly is ruled unconstitutional by a COUNTY judge. In principle a judge can prohibit the enforcement of an unconstitutional law, but can not create a situation where citizens have to question their protection under the law.
If anyone was arrested under this law, they would have an extremely smart affirmative defense that there is a law, on the books right now.
What is sad is that they are going to expect police to enforce this law now, and get them in trouble.
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