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September 20, 2012

T E X A S P R O U D.... "Don't Mess With Texas"

BANK OF CHAPPELL HILL TEXAS (Chappell Hill Is a small town between Houston and Brenham on Hwy 290).

Any would-be robbers planning to walk into this bank had better think twice. There's a new sign in town.

About a month ago, Chappell Hill Bank president Edward Smith looked at a sign on the front door prohibiting concealed weapons from his bank and decided to make a policy change. Licensed to carry a handgun? Come on in, and bring your weapon. The sign, now prominently displayed on the bank's front door, says: "Lawful concealed carry permitted on these premises. Management recognizes the Second Amendment of the U.S. Right of all citizens. We therefore support and encourage the carrying of licensed concealed weapons."

Smith said he made the policy change to send a warning to potential robbers, and to express support for Americans to bear arms. "We had the conventional sign on the window, with the red circle and pistol inside and a line through It.I started thinking...we've got this "no gun" sign up, so a robber can come in and do anything he wants. But if we've got a policy that allows handguns, he won't know how many people in the bank are gonna be carrying a concealed weapon. There may be some little old lady who's mad at the government, and would love to use her concealed weapon," he said.

The bank has been robbed twice in the last three years, including last March when a man walked in, ordered bank employees to fill a canvas bag with money, and then fled in a pickup truck. The man, who didn't brandish a weapon, has not been caught.

The sign has made Chappell Hill Bank somewhat of an Internet curiosity. He's also been contacted by various media outlets wanting interviews. "It's kind of gotten a life of its own," he said. Expressions of support have far outnumbered criticism. "I haven't gotten any reactions from Chicago or California, which doesn't surprise me," Smith said with a chuckle.

The policy change has also brought Chappell Hill Bank some new customers, as well as comments from people outside Washington County , saying that they'd bank there if they lived here, said Smith. "I tell them that we're a full-service bank, and we're on the Internet. They can bank online," he said.

Wild Thing's comment............

What a great story. I LOVE this man, love how he did this and why. AWESOME!

....Thank you Tom for sending this to me.


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Posted by Wild Thing at September 20, 2012 01:44 PM


I am checking Mr Smith's bank out. If he has even a moderate rate I will transfer my CD from CitiBank to Chappell Hill bank.

When the obama thugs hear about this bank it would not surprise me they send Tiny Tim Gaeitner to pull it's FDIC coverage or something similar.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at September 20, 2012 02:28 PM

Tom, I would do that too if I lived there, good idea.

Posted by: Wild Thing at September 21, 2012 02:15 AM