State

Home State
Award-Winning News Coverage For The State Of Texas From About Magazine.

No Guns Allowed! Open Carry Law In Texas!

Open Carry Law LGBT

HOUSTON – In just a few days Texas will be an open carry state. What does that mean for Montrose? What does that change about being at the club?

On Jan. 1; under the new law people will be allowed to openly tote their handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But only for those who have what the state calls ‘concealed’ carry license.

But those changes stop there. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, a state agency with oversight of businesses that sell alcohol will uphold it’s policy.

An establishment that’s alcohol sales greater than 50% of their income will not be affected by this new law.

A license holder that carries a handgun, either concealed or openly, commits an offense if they carry the handgun on the premises of a business that has a TABC permit or license.

 

Texas recognizes the licenses and permits from 41 other states. In Texas, licensees must be at least 21 and must pass a background check and written and range test.

Gay Houston Man Brutally Murdered Left In Woods

Marc Pourner Murder Victim

Pourner, missing since last Thursday; after receiving a late-night ‘disturbing’ call and, not showing up for the work the following day.

According to “Tony,”  a friend of Pourner; the family located  ‘items’ in Pourner’s room that allowed them to identify who possibly called. “They were able to see who called Marc.” the friend states; referring to the late night call the victim received.

The friend describes that information they obtained from “items’ as overwhelming.

Local authorities later received a tip of the body’s location from a ‘person of interest’ that is connected to the victim. A source close to the investigation acknowledges investigators are close to an arrest.

An autopsy is expected to be performed on Monday.

 

Texas AG Faces Contempt Hearing Over Failure To Recognize Gay Marriage

Texas Attorney General ken Paxton
Ken Paxton speaks after he was sworn in as the Texas attorney general, Monday, Jan. 5, 2015, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

According to Cole, when he asked the state to amend his spouse’s death certificate, the state cashed his check but refused to complete the paperwork. A Department of State Health Services official wrote, “Until the ruling is fully reviewed, we will not be able to know the impact, if any, on the process to file or amend death certificates. We will keep your documentation in a pending file and will advise you once a determination is made,” according to the Chronicle.

Garcia also ordered Kirk Cole, the state’s interim director at the Department of State Health Services, to issued an amended death certificate for Stone-Hoskin’s spouse, James Stone-Hoskins, according to the Chronicle.

Paxton and Cole must appear in court next week so that Garcia can determine whether the two officials violated his July ruling prohibiting the the state from restricting same-sex marriage.

Cynthia Meyer, a spokeswoman for Paxton, told the Chronicle that the court must determine in a separate case whether the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage was retroactive. Meyer said that Paxton’s office would be filing a response to Garcia’s order in court.

Earlier this week, Paxton was also indicted on felony securities fraud charges.