Guns at zoos? Texas says no while struggling to tame rules


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is still sorting out where firearms are allowed a year after the state vastly expanded gun rights, which included allowing openly holstered weapons.

Lingering disputes over whether public places including zoos and county courthouses are gun-free zones frustrate advocates on both sides of the debate. The state’s Republican attorney general warned community and junior colleges this week not to impose blanket bans on firearms, even though children are sometimes on campus.

Gun-rights activist Terry Holcomb says the uncertainty in some places has created a “big mess.” A county near Houston sued Holcomb over the right to keep guns out of its courthouse after he filed a complaint.

Texas surpassed 1 million licensed concealed carry holders this year. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott legalized concealed firearms on college campuses last year.

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