In Texas we have the 51% rule. If the establishment makes 51% or more of it’s income from alcohol they are require to post the 51% signage at every entrance where it’s easily noticeable and the signs must meet state code.
Those locations are restricted and if you get caught violating it is a felony.
In Texas you can carry and are legal drink as long as your BAC is below .08 except in the 51% restricted bars/restaurants.
A few months ago after attending a USCCA traning event in Lubbock, a friend asked me to join him for a drink at the motel restaurant which was a sports bar by theme as well. There was no signage at the entrance so we thought we were fine and it was only after we’g gotten about halfway through a drink that we saw a 51% sign posted on the inside header above one exit door.
The signage was not legal and this gave us a good training opportunity so I very quietly had the manager come over and explain the problem.
Technically we could have been arrested and probably charged had a cop come in and noticed that we were carrying but since the signage was not lawful there was no danger of conviction and we’d probably be able to get charges dismissed in a preliminary hearing but even that could cost us thousands and leave us with a recorded felony arrest that would cost us thousands of dollars and several years to get expunged from our records.
In Texas you have to walk a very fine line and you want to make sure you’re always on the right side of it even though in general we’ve gone from being one of the most restrictive carry states to one of the most carry friendly states in just over 20 years.
Believe it or not concealed carry was totally unlawful except for on duty Level 4 security, PI’s and Police in Texas until 1995! We had very “user friendly” self defense laws prior to 95 but you even ran a significant risk of being arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a handgun if you had one in your vehicle.
We had a “defense to prosecution” if you were traveling and way from home overnight, through five or more counties, carrying high value merchandise in excess of 5,000.00, en route to or from your home or business, a shooting even or hunting, but even with all of that it was up to the discretion of the officer to decide whether or not you would be arrested and the local prosecutor if you were charged. Basically you were deemed guilty until you proved yourself innocent in court under the exemptions.
It’s amazing how rapidly things have changed since 95.
I was going to post this in another thread but this map that shows the progression of concealed carry in the US in the modern era.