Unless something weird happens, the Texas House of Representatives is going to pass open carry today. They'll join the state Senate in approving hip or shoulder-holstered handguns for anyone with a concealed handgun license, sending a bill to Governor Greg Abbott's desk that he's already promised he'll sign. Kory Watkins, the fiery leader of Open Carry Tarrant County, and Jonathan Stickland, Watkins' house member spirit animal, will continue be upset that licenses are required at all. Sun rises, sun sets, etc., etc..
None of that's to say there isn't something interesting to watch during the floor debate. Poncho Nevárez, a Democrat from Eagle Pass who was threatened by Watkins and some of Watkins buddies in his office, has attached an amendment to the bill that will make it easier for private property owners to ban guns from their property.
Today, any owner wishing to ban concealed handguns from his or her property must post what's known as a "30.06" sign. The sign is required to feature the state's 40-word state-sanctioned statement for private property handgun restriction, printed in letters at least one inch tall and in contrasting colors. Two things have sprung up from these requirements: signs that meet the requirements and are as big as toddlers and a cottage industry of gun enthusiasts pointing out locations that can't stop one from carrying because their signs are not compliant.