TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Organizers of the East Texas State Fair clarified details about regulations of firearms Tuesday.
According to a press release, while firearms are prohibited from entering the Fairgrounds, certain citizens licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (Handgun Licensing Law) will be permitted to carry a firearm in a concealed manner with a state-issued license-to-carry. The release said that open carry of firearms will not be allowed.
The press release said these rules are not different from the past several years. The only changes that have been made in 2018 are in regards to how security and police will screen for illegal items. Beginning this year, officers will be randomly checking certain large bags and will randomly use metal detecting wands at all entrances. This is all in an effort to prevent illegal items from entering the fairgrounds including non-licensed firearms
The release said The East Texas State Fair works hard to maintain a safe and family-friendly environment and is proud to host an event that has been free from harmful incidents for over one hundred years.
Fair officials ask that should an incident occur, that citizens allow professional police officers and security personnel to handle the situation. The Tyler Police Department has coordinated and rehearsed plans for dealing with a variety of incidents in which a private citizen attempting to help may cause additional issues and confusion.
The release said although the Fair has plentiful security on the grounds, fair officials do not wish to unnecessarily impinge on personal rights of licensed individuals to carry a concealed firearm.