The State of Texas doesn’t know how to answer a simple question for me
With the 2 threads going on about the Texas CHL holders going into the state capitol with their own designated “CHL Line”, I posted to one of the threads asking if I would have any issues using my Non Resident Washington or Florida CHLs to get in. All the responses had should in the answer. I’m visiting in Texas now, and wanted a full proof 100% answer before I drive 4 hours as I haven’t been to the capital in ages.
So I sent the State Capital an email last week stating:
“I read that the state capitol now allows individuals licensed to carry concealed handguns into the building, and skip the line for non licensed individuals.
I am an Oregon resident, with a current, valid Florida and Washigton Non Resident Concealed handgun license. Texas has signed reciprocity agreements with both of these states.
Will the security at the state capitol allow me to carry into the capitol with my valid out of state permits even though I am not a Texas resident?”
I received no answer to my email.
So I emailed the TX DPS CHL Division, and they told me to contact the State Capital Visitation Center. I call them and ask the same above question to the lady that answered. She states “ you want to bring a gun into the capital?” I tell her I do. She puts me on hold, comes back 60 seconds later and says “I don’t know, you should just leave your gun at home to be safe”. I reply with “I don’t know if that’s safe, but thanks for your time” as my question was obviously not going to be answered by her.
So I email the CHL division back and tell them that I had no luck with the visitation center.
They replied with (I won’t quote it, just summarize it as the email has a confidentiality posting on it) Texas does honor your nonresident permits, but we can’t tell you if you will be able to carry at our state capital.
Don’t know what to do from here. Im not comfortable going up to the security, getting denied and then walking all the way back to my car and putting it in the glove box in downtown Austin (The car im borrowing has no lockable glove box and of course no gun safe).