TX Bank Encourages Concealed Carriers to Come On In
(GunReports.com) -- A Chappell Hill (TX) bank has posted a sign on its front door welcoming licensed carry gunowners into the bank.
A story in the Brenham (TX) Banner-Press said that about a month ago, Chappell Hill Bank president Edward Smith looked at a sign on the front door prohibiting concealed weapons from his business and decided to make a policy change.
Licensed to carry a handgun? Come on in, and bring your weapon.
The sign, now prominently displayed on the banks front door, says, Lawful concealed carry permitted on these premises. Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution as an inalienable right of all citizens. We therefore support and encourage the carrying of licensed concealed weapons.
Smith said, We had the sign on the window, the red circle with the pistol inside and a line through it. And I started thinking, Weve got this no gun sign up and the guy (robber) can come in and do what he wants.
But if youve got a policy allowing handguns, he wont know how many people are going to be in here carrying a concealed weapon. There may be some little old lady whos mad at the government, and shed love to use it, he said.
Smith been contacted by officials from larger banks considering to take similar action, and has received e-mails in support from across the United States and even from England, Canada and Germany.
The policy change has also brought Chappell Hill Bank a handful of new customers and comments from people outside Washington County that theyd bank there if they lived here, said Smith. Chappell Hill is situated in the southeast portion of Washington County, which lies halfway between Houston and Austin on US Hwy. 290.
I tell them that were a full-service bank and were on the Internet. They can bank online, he said.