“You can’t judge a book by its cover” means if you were to consider its cover and decide to pass it by based on first impressions and without a deeper look, you’d miss out on pertinent information, knowledge and a great read. It’s the same as judging a person from their looks the first time you meet them without getting to know getting to know their invisible qualities. Nothing holds any truer than the recently-signed bill that’s gone before legislature in Texas called Constitutional Carry.

Emphasis needs to be on Sept. 1, 2021, according to Brad Clark, owner of Eagle Eye Firearms. Brad was one of a 150 License to Carry instructors invited to a Dallas area meeting to begin to understand the legalities of Constitutional Carry. The meeting took place one day prior to Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing the bill.

Brad said, “It’s extremely important to know this law does not go into effect until Sept. 1. Everybody believes everyone can carry and that it is not so. Yet, there are those who have already strapped on guns in belief they are legal to do so. Other factors add in. For instance, you can’t cross state lines unless they recognize Constitutional Carry within their own boundaries. Even after Sept. 1, new signage tells you where your gun is not allowed inside. Previously, if you accidentally walked into a business with a “No Guns Allowed” sign, you could be directed to the door or receive a Class C misdemeanor charge. After Sept. 1, if you accidentally walk into a place with the new “Handguns Prohibited” sign you will be charged with a felony.”

The list of where you can and can’t carry (like elementary or secondary schools) is listed in charts located inside the instructional guide. Controversies in the courts are already expected by law enforcement, license to carry instructors and all those associated with the legal system.

“Taking a class is much safer than going out on your own,” said Brad. “For instance, in the license to carry classes, let’s say you were speeding and a highway patrolman pulled you over, you are taught to tell the officer you have the license and you do have a gun in the vehicle and the location of the gun. Then you are to ask how he wants you to proceed. Officers know you have had thorough background checks. After Sept. 1, officers are put at more risk every time someone is pulled over as everyone will believe they have the right to carry.”

Brad recently read that so far this year alone more than 300,000 people had been denied a license to carry a gun for some reason or other. After Sept. 1, the story changes.

He said, “If you don’t want to take a class from those who have been trained, I implore you at least go to Tex.gov and read Constitutional Carry. There is such a big difference between a Class C Misdemeanor and a Felony. The Oh, Boy is not always an Oh, Boy!” In other words, you can’t judge a book by its cover. For more information, Brad can be reached at (903) 988-4035.

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY to Kilgoreite Joe Ann Knight, who has been celebrating all week long and provided a nice birthday lunch on Thursday at Jack Ryan’s Steak House. Her birthday was actually on Friday, July 9 and is smart enough to accept all invitations to stretch it out as long as possible.

Recently, we received a call from Joe Ann regarding a trip she had made as a teenager to see the Beetles in concert and confessed to still have the ticket for the concert and bus ticket as proof. After she left Jack Ryan’s on Thursday, she brought the tickets by the KNH office.

She said, “Going to see the Beetles was really a big deal for an 18-year-old back then. I really was a big hick and didn’t travel out to do things like that.”

Accompanying Joe Ann was Gloria Mitchell and Joann Martin. All three were KHS graduates of 1963. The concert was held on Sept. 18, 1964 at the Dallas Memorial Auditorium. Joe Ann was a sophomore in college, Gloria was working at the Kilgore Public Library and Joann was working for the KNH.

“We traveled by Continental Trailways to White Plaza Hotel then walked to the Dallas Memorial. I was so excited! We had floor seats in the middle section. And can you believe it; I paid $5.50 to see the Beetles! It was wonderful,” said Joe Ann. “Oh, by the way, for the history buffs, I-20 to Dallas was not completed in 1964.”

Joe Ann loves Kilgore and supports the community 100 percent. We are quite proud to have her cheering us on.

May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.

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May His love and laughter fill your hearts and your homes throughout the week. In the meantime, we may be reached at chitchatlinda@aol.com or (903) 984-2593.

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