Texas Hold Em If You Got Em

Have gun, will travel faster in Austin.

Allowing gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry firearms into state Capitol buildings is a heated issue nationwide, but not in Texas, where those who work in Austin's statehouse have learned the fastest way to get through security is to carry a firearm.

Or, at least, carry a permit to carry a firearm.

There are metal detectors at the entrances to the Capitol, and a separate line for those with concealed handgun permits that, apparently, has become an express lane through security.

So now everyone wants a permit, including lobbyists, lawyers and journalists -- the sort of riff-raff that gives honest, decent gun owners a bad name.

One interesting aspect about Texas lawmakers allowing themselves to carry firearms into their alleged workplace is the unchallenged assumption that they actually "work" in a "workplace" at all.

Which is what the people of Raymore, Mo., should really ponder when they vote on a Nov. 2 proposal to allow city council members to carry concealed weapons at meetings.

Raymore's city council has been arguing about this issue for months. It recently adopted an ordinance to allow members with concealed-carry permits to come armed to meetings. Then, it learned the ordinance constitutes an amendment to the city chartrer and, therefore, must be approved by the people.

This may be a case where armed council members would be a bad idea.

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