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Can you carry at NASA in Houston?

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Sam Adams, Dec 29, 2005.

  1. Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Well-Known Member

    I'm taking a trip to tour the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston in a couple of days. I know it is a federal facility, and I suspect that I won't be able to legally bring a concealed weapon onto the premises because of that (despite having a valid CHL), but I couldn't find a single thing about it on the Internet or on the JSC's website.

    Does anyone out there know if they've got a 30.06 sign, or if carrying is simply "verboten" by nature of its status as a federal facility? Or, hopefully, is it permissible to carry at the JSC?

    Thanks very much for any input.
  2. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

    Just their federal facility status should be enough. If they are the same as NASA Langley, they have a sign at the gate that has a gun with the red line and circle symbol on it.
  3. Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your response.

    That symbol isn't, by itself, good enough to prohibit carry in Texas. Those who know the law laugh a bit inside when we see it, and are careful not to say anything to those who post them, because it means that we can carry there. The law here requires a sign with the exact statutory language, and the letters have to be a certain size (or larger), and the same message has to be in Spanish. However, we are talking about federal property, so maybe the rules are different - that's what I'm trying to find out.
  4. antarti

    antarti Well-Known Member

    I don't know if it's still this way, but at Cape Canaveral (shortly after 9/11) they were giving tourists the whole TSA treatment, including having women put their tweezers and metal nail files back in their cars before being allowed into the facility. Made no sense to me whatsoever, and I hope they've given up on that.
  5. Lupinus

    Lupinus Well-Known Member

    Allright! Nobody move of see them wires? Anyone moves and Ima start clippin!
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Well-Known Member

    I'm sure the circle sign around the firearm with a slash through it is more than sufficient for the U.S. Magistrate who will be hearing the case and not a Texas judge.

  7. Preacherman

    Preacherman Well-Known Member

    No, you can't - it's a designated Federal facility. Texas carry laws don't apply there, as it's under Federal law.
  8. Desertdog

    Desertdog Well-Known Member

    ABSOLUTElY. Don't even think about it, leave your guns at home.
  9. Sam Adams

    Sam Adams Well-Known Member

    I will be a sheeple for a day - I'm not leaving a loaded gun in my car.

    Thanks for the advice.
  10. jeremywills

    jeremywills Well-Known Member

    yep yep

    Texas laws or any state law for that matter stop at the Federal installations front doorstep.

    I wouldn't want to be Federally screwed so I would leave it if it were me.
  11. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    Don't take your guns to town, son. Leave your guns at home, Bill. Don't take your guns to town.:D

    Anyone who knows that song gets a shinny nickle
  12. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    johnny cash.

    now where's my nickel? :D
  13. Thefabulousfink

    Thefabulousfink Well-Known Member

    / \
    | 5 |

    Don't spend it all in one place:D

    Edit: Damn ASCII wont work on the post....I'll send you a check
  14. Phantom Warrior

    Phantom Warrior Well-Known Member

    This has all been covered, but I'll just chime it. DON'T CARRY ON ANY FEDERAL PROPERTY. It's all "no guns." Whether you state permits you to carry or not has no bearing on federal property.
  15. Kharn

    Kharn Well-Known Member

    +1, you're no longer in Texas when you step on their property. The same goes for military facilities and federal buildings.

    But here's a question: What about cops under the federal law that was recently passed, saying they can carry anywhere with their ID?

  16. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member

    Nope can't.

    In the line to look at the rockets they made my 2 year old empty all of the hotwheels cars out of his pockets because they thought he was packing heat.

    Absolutely nothing even resembling a weapon is allowed.
  17. wdlsguy

    wdlsguy Well-Known Member

    Are you going directly to the Johnson Space Center, or are you going on the Johnson Space Center tour through Space Center Houston?

    I'm fairly sure your handgun(s) are legal in Space Center Houston's parking lot. Don't try to bring your handgun(s) onto the Johnson Space Center though.
  18. BigRobT

    BigRobT Well-Known Member

    Something needs to be changed. I, personally, HATE going to the base unarmed. Not that I am in fear of much bad happening on the base itself, but the to & from is what bothers me. I like to stop in some not so savory areas that are near the base & VA Hospital. Too bad that the very Federal Govt which is supposed to ENSURE our rights is the first one to wash them down the drain. I wouldn't even mind an exception, something like Permit to Carry holders can bring there weapon on the base, but it must be cased and unloaded or be in a gun vault type locking device while on the base. Maybe something like this:

    I contacted Senator Coleman on this issue. Here is a copy of my letter:

    Dear Senator Coleman,
    We have an issue that I feel should be addressed. The issue is that many states now allow concealed carry of weapons by it's citizens and that all military bases prohibit weapons on the base, unless one is living in the barracks, then it must be surrendered to the base armory. I would suggest that a change be made so that a permit holder can, at a minimum, surrender their weapon, temporarily, to base security while that person conducts their business on base. This would require some sort of small storage facility similar to those that are used by our law enforcement officers while inducting a prisoner into confinement. The cost would be miminimal and it would help preserve our 2nd Amendment rights, after our business on base is concluded.

    Personally, I feel that NOT allowing a permit holder to NOT have their weapon available is an infringement on our 2nd Amendment rights, but I am willing to make certain concessions to not have to drive a couple of hours one way, conduct my business, and then go about the rest of my business in the area. After all, the permit holders have had background checks, and are probably better citizens than some of our military. To demonstrate the importance of civilians that hold permits, check out this web page: http://www.twincitiescarry.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=517
    It shows that civilian permit holders are almost effective as police in forestalling & preventing violent crime. Granted, there is not a lot of crime on the military bases, but it DOES happen!! As a prior reserve police officer, I have been required to investigate assaults, domestic disputes, and other potentially life-threatening crimes. It always takes some amount of time for a police officer to respond to any given situation.

    In closing, I would hope that you would be instrumental in getting this rule/law changed to benefit society and those of us that are law-abiding citizens. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns in this matter.


    I can only urge y'all to contact your Senators & Congressmen. The more we contact, the more likely the status may get changed.
  19. deanf

    deanf Well-Known Member

    Not true. National Forest and BLM lands are not "no guns", absent state laws to the contrary.

    Further, the general prohibition on federal carry contained in 18 U.S.C. § 930 (which is probably where the NASA no-guns sign originates from) contains an exception for citizens who lawfully carry handguns.

    See this link.

    If the NASA no-guns sign originates from another federal law that specifically protects NASA facilities, then that law may have more force and effect.

    Consult an attorney.
  20. Last August they changed the rules at Fort Leonard Wood here in MO.

    Handguns....unloaded and in the trunk. Now the rule.

    FLW Regulation 190-6 dated 1 AUG 05:

    para 5 b. "Personnel not living on the Installation may transport
    weapons onto FLW for the purpose of hunting and
    recreation. The weapon does not have to be registered with
    the Provost Marshal’s Office. Personnel must ensure that
    the weapons are properly registered in accordance with local
    and state policy and that they abide by the hunting rules as
    published by the Morale, Welfare and Recreation
    Directorate. Personnel must also be prepared to provide
    adequate licensing when directed to do so by appropriate

    para 7 c: "Firearms will be transported in the following manner:
    (1) All firearms transported on Fort Leonard Wood will
    be UNLOADED. Muzzle loading firearms will be considered
    as unloaded when the ignition system (cap or powder in pan)
    is removed.
    (2) When transported in a sedan, firearms and
    ammunition will be carried in the trunk.
    (3) When transported in a truck, van, or vehicle which
    does not have a trunk or enclosed cargo area capable of
    being locked, firearms, and ammunition may be carried in
    the vehicle’s passenger compartment, however, the weapon
    and ammunition must be separated. Weapons will only be
    loaded in authorized hunting areas or areas designated for
    privately owned weapons.
    (4) When transported in the passenger compartment of
    a vehicle, handguns will either be locked in the glove
    compartment or other locked compartment. Pistols will be
    kept unloaded while on FLW except at authorized ranges.
    At no time will pistols be carried on the person of the owner
    in a concealed fashion.
    (5) Rifles and shotguns carried in the passenger
    compartment of a vehicle will have the bolts removed, or the
    action broke open. Rifles and shotguns transported in
    locked storage compartments may be transported with the
    bolts or actions closed.
    (6) Unless being transported for a legitimate activity or
    purpose detailed in paragraph7a(1) through 7a(8) above,
    firearms will not be transported by any means of
    transportation on Fort Leonard Wood."

    I don't have a link, but maybe you could google it.

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