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A lot of business owners are squeamish about guns, witness the flap from the Indiana Chamber of Commerce about the recently passed state law allowing people to keep their guns in their locked cars in the company parking lot.  And so it is in Texas, too -- yes, even in Texas. My brother reports that there seem to have been a rash of businesses lately posting that they DO NOT want Texas CHL (concealed carry license) holders on their premises. But occasionally there is a sign from the other side. The one pictured is in the window of the bank of Chappell Hill, a small town between Houston and Brenham on Highway 90.

Because we don't have a "gun culture" in Indiana (that is, we don't talk about them all the time), many people aren't even aware that Indiana also has concealed carry; and our law is even looser than the one in Texas, where permit seekers actually have to take classes and demonstrate the ability to use guns.  Certainly business owners don't think enough about it to post signs about it. Do think that makes it more likely or less likely that the person standing next to you is packing heat? Just wondered.

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Lewis Allen
Sun, 08/22/2010 - 5:48pm

No gun culture in Indiana? Really? How many gun and knife shows does the Memorial Coliseum host per year? I'm a full supporter of the second amendment, but I think it's our collective obsession with guns (video games, violence in movies, TV, rap music, etc.) is a bad thing.

tim zank
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 11:41am

Lewis, according to this,

There were 5 at The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in 2010.

Does 5 in a year in a metro area of 300k+ people seem excessive to you?

Larry Morris
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 1:12pm

Only 5 a year - man, you poor guys. We have at least 5 a month within driving distance of me, ... must have something to do with this being Texas. :-)

Bob G.
Mon, 08/23/2010 - 3:55pm

As long as they're law-abiding...have NO problem at all w/ that! Carry away.

Lewis: Short answer: NOT ENOUGH!

Obsession with ANYTHING may very well be bad, but a strong CONCERN to exact your RIGHT to own (and carry) a firearm) is another matter, especially if you're just trying to PROTECT yourself from becoming a statistic.

Not at all, Tim.
I DOUBT these gun shows are FULL of gangstas...just a wild guess.

Why you lucky sonuva...