Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Bans Open Carry For 2016 Event

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo announce dTuesday that it would prohibit both the concealed and open carry of handguns by private citizens during the 2016 season. See what the Texas Open Carry law really says ... Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / © 2014  Houston Chronicle

Still chuckling because the backlash continues against HB 901, the open carry law the GOP controlled Texas Lege passed that took effect January 1.   A long list of venues in Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio have banned open carry in their establishments, and earlier today the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo joined that long list of events in doing so.

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“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, in an effort to provide a safe environment and promote a family friendly atmosphere at the city’s iconic entertainment event, will prohibit concealed and open carry by private citizens at the 2016 show,” the organization said in a press release.

“It’s our goal to promote a family friendly atmosphere,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.”We don’t think the private carry of handguns is conducive to that.”

Even though RodeoHouston is held on Harris County property in the NRG Stadium/Astrodome complex, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo retains exclusive use and control rights of the complex for the duration of the rodeo that will kick off March 1 and run through March 20.

Hmm, may have to check our the rodeo for the first time since i moved back home, now that I know drunken fools walking around the complex won’t be armed.

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