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New open carry law not going to affect Nacogdoches Co. courthouse weapons ban

Assistant County Attorney Keith  Bradford tells the court it will take some case law to give courts definitive guidelines on law interpretation. (Source: KTRE Staff) Assistant County Attorney Keith Bradford tells the court it will take some case law to give courts definitive guidelines on law interpretation. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Attorney General opinions on the new open carry law were e-mailed to Nacogdoches County. They were late night reading before discussing the issue on Tuesday. (Source: KTRE Staff) Attorney General opinions on the new open carry law were e-mailed to Nacogdoches County. They were late night reading before discussing the issue on Tuesday. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Nacogdoches County Commissioners decided not to take action believing the current policy enforced by the court is adequate. (Source: KTRE Staff) The Nacogdoches County Commissioners decided not to take action believing the current policy enforced by the court is adequate. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

Action on licensed open or concealed carrying of handguns on Nacogdoches County premises was “passed over” by commissioners this morning. It tells the public nothing changes.

Doing nothing is still significant in setting county policy.

Late night reading for Nacogdoches County commissioners, sheriff, and the assistant county attorney was the Texas Attorney General opinions issued just last night on weapons.

Afterward, they all concluded what the county is currently enforcing is abiding by the law.  

"Any part that is utilized by the court you cannot bring a gun into, okay,” said Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges. And this whole courthouse is utilized by the court. So I'm going to ask the court to consider to keep the status quo of what we're doing now."

The court agreed, concluding no action was necessary on current policy. Still they know the open and concealed carrying laws are up for wide interpretation until someone gets sued.

"We don't want anybody to get sued, but we are in hopes we will end up with some case law that will give us some definitive guidelines,” said Keith Bradford, the assistant county attorney.

Counties do have a 15-day protection if enforcement violations are detected.

Verbally, the court indicated it will be removing signs that notify courthouse patrons concealed handguns are prohibited. It will be replaced with explanation of Section 46.03 of the law that all weapons will not be allowed.

There are exceptions to every rule.

Law enforcement can carry guns in the courthouse. So can prosecutors and judges if they have the proper licenses.

The Nacogdoches County Commissioners Court may bring back to the table open carry guidelines for the Exposition Center.
 
As far as guns in county-owned vehicles, the court concluded the county's Violence Policy already states no guns are allowed, except by law enforcement.
 
Also today, Houston County Judge Erin Ford says commissioners voted to ban open carry in the courthouse, courthouse annex and sheriff's office. They will keep the ban on concealed guns, too.

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