Originally Posted by Mr Majestyk
Traveling has always been a defense against prosecution for unlicensed carry of a handgun in a vehicle in Texas. The difference was the person had to prove he was traveling, and traveling was never clearly defined by the State. Now the State must prove the person wasn't traveling, and although traveling still isn't clearly defined, the presumption of traveling is.
The way I understand it is basically how you said. It used to be that everywhere would arrest you for this (especially in plain sight you have no defense)
and the general consensus was no one knew what traveling meant.
Most thought it did not mean normal travel to /fro gas stations, grocery, work (unless far).
people tended to try and use the 'more than one county' rule of thumb , which was vague at best, but case law seemed to support that a good measure for being within your rights.
Now they defined traveling as basically just being in your car. Which makes it much the states job to prove you were in fact not traveling in that vehicle.
Basically I do hope the DA's/cops that are making this difficult suffer from numerous lawsuits. They should be enforcing the law , not interpretting it on their own.
Good Lord, interpretting this stuff is hard enough.
Still my advice would be , don't carry unless you need it and be prepared for some asshat to arrest you. You might want to keep a lawyer for this very reason.
Being arrested is not going to be easy , you could lose your job and a good bit of money before you're 'innocent' AGAIN!