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Potter Co. Sheriff talks Open/Conceal Carry rules & regulations

If guns are prohibited from various properties, signs must be posted letting carriers know that guns are not allowed. (ABC 7 Amarillo-Tiffany Lester)

After a man was arrested after allegedly bringing multiple guns to the noon mass at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Amarillo on Sunday, ABC 7 News is digging deeper into the rules for concealed and open carriers.

St. Mary’s Cathedral has signs posted on interior doors prohibiting guns from the property.

“We didn't have to worry about this 15 years ago,” said Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas. “People going into our courthouses, going into our businesses and schools and churches committing heinous crimes with a handgun.”

That is why Thomas says many businesses including churches are changing the way they keep themselves and their patrons safe.

“There are a lot of churches that have some kind of security team whether that's run with police and concealed carry or just people walking around,” said Thomas.

The Texas Penal Code 30.06 and 30.07 address concealed and open carry of a handgun.

Any business not allowing guns on the premises must have signs posted.

“It is up to a business on whether they want to allow that in or not, including churches,” said Thomas.

Thomas tells ABC 7 News handgun carriers are trained to keep an eye out for those signs while working to get their concealed or open carry licenses because it is against the law even if the bring in a weapon by accident and leaves after being told to do so.

Under Texas state law, it's a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $200.

It is a Class A misdemeanor if the person refuses to leave after being told it is not allowed, which carries a fine of up to $4,000 and/or up to one year in jail.

A statement from the Diocese of Amarillo says that, "Concealed weapons are banned from all Catholic church buildings, including Catholic Schools, in the Diocese of Amarillo.

The purpose of Catholic facilities is to serve human life in all its stages from conception until natural death. The presence of any weapon which could cause physical harm would be incompatible with this purpose."

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