Marble Falls H-E-B staff find handgun left at register by customer

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article reflects a clarification May 14 of the license to carry concealed firearms and open carry laws as detailed by state law.

 

STAFF WRITER CONNIE SWINNEY

Marble Falls police are looking for the owner of a firearm left behind at an H-E-B checkout line, apparently by a customer. File photo

Marble Falls police are looking for the owner of a firearm left behind at an H-E-B checkout line, apparently by a customer. File photo

MARBLE FALLS — Authorities are looking for the owner of a firearm left in a closed container at an H-E-B checkout lane May 10, sparking concerns about public safety and whether the owner violated gun laws, officials said.

According to a Marble Falls Police Department report, a customer left behind a .22-caliber handgun, concealed within a “green canvas pencil bag,” at about 3 p.m. It was eventually discovered by the cashier.

“The bigger part of this is public safety,” Capt. Glenn Hanson said. “It’s horrible to think about, but what if a child found it or someone with criminal intent found it?”

Investigators said what was also troubling is the bag remained at the H-E-B Business Center for several hours until store officials looked inside and found the firearm.

“No one looked inside it for about three hours,” Hanson said. “The employees saw that it had a pistol in it. They called the police.”

Investigators conducted a firearm serial number check and do not believe the weapon is stolen.

Authorities want to sift through store surveillance video for more clues.

If the owner can prove he or she has a license to carry (LTC) permit, that person could receive penalties for a state gun law “administrative violation,” Hanson said.

“Something like this may be an administrative violation. The state can revoke that person’s license to carry,” he added.

State law details how license holders must carry firearms, according to Section 46.02 subchapter H, Ch. 411 in the Texas Penal Code.

For those who open carry, license holders are required to carry the firearm in a shoulder or hip holster.

H-E-B stores only allow LTC holders to carry concealed firearms, according to the the stores opted posting of a 30.07 sign, which bars open carry of handguns in accordance with state law.

However, LTC holder can carry concealed anywhere on their person, including in a purse or bag of some sort, but trouble arises if the firearm holder fails to keep possession of the firearm.

“You cannot be a felon (carrying a weapon) either, and you definitely cannot carry it around in the grocery store,” he said.

The police department is taking the incident seriously and offered a word of caution to the public.

“There’s a great responsibility with carrying a firearm. Make sure you do it legally and responsibly,” Hanson said. “What pops into my mind over any issues about what we’re going to file (against the owner) is the safety of our public.”

connie@thepicayune.com

7 Responses to “Marble Falls H-E-B staff find handgun left at register by customer”

  1. Charles Watkins says:

    Concealed carry — what could possibly go wrong?

    • Charles Lewis says:

      Let’s not get stupid. Think about it, when was the last time you heard of something like this happening? Never.

    • Monique says:

      Charles, this is Texas and apparently you don’t understand, you SHOULD not have to have permission to have a gun. Go back from where you came. People are the problem NOT the gun.

  2. Pat says:

    This article mis-states the law
    ” State law requires an LTC holder to carry it in a holster on the hip or shoulder.” FALSE that requirement ONLY applies to OPEN Carry, and since open carry isn’t allowed past HEB’s 30.07 sign, that section doesn’t apply to this incident. The firearm must be concealed, it was concealed, it can be inside a boot if concealed. It can be inside a bra if concealed … what this article quoted is a misstatement of the law. The author needs to refer to LTC 16 PDF at the DPS website, or go to the source PENAL CODE

    TITLE 10. OFFENSES AGAINST PUBLIC HEALTH, SAFETY, AND MORALS

    CHAPTER 46. WEAPONS http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.46.htm

  3. Pat says:

    http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/PE/htm/PE.30.htm Author confused 30.07 open carry requirement with 30.06 concealed carry

  4. Pat says:

    Wonder which kid left their green pencil case at HEB

  5. FiftycalTX says:

    The LTC law only requires a hip or shoulder holster if you are carrying openly. HEB does not allow open carry.

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