Metal Detecting In Texas State Parks

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Texas State Parks regulations currently prohibit recreational metal detecting in any of the state parks. Members of the Texas Council of Treasure Clubs have requested that the Parks Department change the regulation but they claim that Sections 191.0525 and 191.092 of the Texas Antiquities Code preclude recreational metal detecting in state parks. The Texas Council does not agree with that interpretation. Senate Bill 934 was passed by the Texas Senate during the last legislative session, but time ran out before it could be passed by the House side. This bill would have removed any doubt that recreational metal detecting was legal in disignated areas of Texas State Parks. Before we draft follow-on legislation for the upcoming session of the legislature, we are petitioning the Director of Texas State Parks and the Parks Commission to reconsider their objection to recreational metal detecting in designated areas of state parks and work with Texas metal detecting enthusiasts to reach an agreement which will be beneficial to both the hobbyists and the Parks Department.

Sponsor

Keith Wills, Texas Council of Treasure Clubs Jack Tipping, Texas Council of Treasure Clubs

Links

http://www.fmdac.com http://www.texascouncil.com

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  • Mark Atomanczyk
    Mark Atomanczyk United States, La Porte
    Jun 10, 2017
    Jun 10, 2017
    I am nearly 60 and my 82-year-old mother and I Metal detect for recreation and exercise.
  • Suzanne
    Suzanne United States, Spring Branch
    May 31, 2017
    May 31, 2017
    There is a need that detectorist remove trash items that can injure Park goers
  • Anthony Salinas
    Anthony Salinas United States, Denton
    May 23, 2017
    May 23, 2017
    I am a senior there seems to more an d more things being taken away. If you want us to check in with the park ranger that's ok. Punish the people that don't and confiscate there equipment if they don't follow the rules but don't ruin it for the one's that do follow the rules.
  • Earl Nixon
    Earl Nixon United States
    Jan 24, 2017
    Jan 24, 2017
    detecting is not going to destroy anything, but it does keep young kids out of trouble, gives them something to do and can be very educating.
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