Gun Charges Dropped Against Big Spring Student

By Camaron Abundes   
NewsWest 9

Big Spring- Big Spring District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson says the gun charges against Laray Woodard, 18, were dropped because of the way Texas Penal Code Section 46.035 defines premises.

It reads:"Premises" as a building or a portion of a building.

It says the term does not include, "any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area."

It's a gap in the law, most people in Big Spring don't even understand.

"I think we need to change the law," Big Spring Resident Nora Morales, said.

"I think if a car is parked near school property that should be considered school premises," one Big Spring man, said.  "If you're a student in school, you should leave the gun at home."

District Attorney Hardy Wilkerson says there may be one way to protect parents who lawfully own guns and keep those guns tucked away.

"That's just too close for a gun," said another Big Spring woman.

School administrators can punish students who bring a gun to school, Woodard was expelled for a month, but Wilkerson tells NewsWest 9 criminal charges in this case just won't stand up in court.

"The DA knows what he is doing, the gun was in the vehicle, obviously didn't have any intend of taking it inside or anything. If he would have had it in his back pack in school, I say throw the book at the kid," Big Spring Resident Tina Thomas, said.