One Inch Tall

If you were only one inch tall, you’d walk beneath the door,
And it would take about a month to get down to the store.
A bit of fluff would be your bed,
You’d swing upon a spider’s thread,
And wear a thimble on your head
If you were one inch tall.

– excerpt from Shel Silverstein’s “One Inch Tall

I’d add to that: you can be a legal sign, if your lettering is at least one inch tall.

I’m referring to Texas Penal Code – Section 30.06. Trespass By Holder Of License To Carry Concealed Handgun. Specifically paragraph 3.c, about “written communication”. Where on B.ii it says

appears in contrasting colors with block letters at least one inch in height

So yes. According to statue, any sort of written communication given under this notice must have contrasting colored block lettering at least one inch in height. If it doesn’t have that, it’s not a legal sign.

And so, there are people that carry on with rulers or other means of easy estimation (e.g. comparing to the size of a coin or a dollar bill that they have measured and is of known height), go up to the sign, measure the lettering, and if it’s not at least 1.01″ tall, self-declare it an illegal sign and walk on by.

Fair enough, I guess.

Here’s the thing.

You can still be arrested. If not for this, maybe trespassing. There’s always the good-old catch-all “disorderly conduct” (and remember how DC affects your ability to have a CHL). Who knows, and does it matter? Because now you’re arrested, which means lost time out of work, family, and life in general. It could mean lost wages or a lost job. Then you have to deal with going to court, paying for a lawyer. And even if you are able to use “not a legal sign” effectively as a defense, how much did it cost you to achieve that? Is it really worth it?

Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t. That’s your own decision to make.

As far as I know, “valid signage” has yet to be tested in the Texas court system. Me personally? I don’t care to set the precedent.

You saw the sign, you understood the sign (that’s clear from your reaction of pulling out a ruler). Doesn’t matter if it’s the issue of letter height, font, colors, language, or whatever other nitpicky detail out of §30.06 you wish to take umbrage with.  Consider the intent of the sign, even if it’s a simple “no guns” sign or other statement of “we don’t like guns” policy. Vote with your wallet and take your money elsewhere.

(Of course this also shows the lengths law-abiding citizens are willing to go through to ensure they can both obey the law and still “feel safe”, because isn’t “feeling safe” what everyone is on about?. When was the last time a gang member, murder, deranged school shooter, or other such degenerate took such care about the details of the law?)

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