The suspect who allegedly shot and killed a Texas Tech police officer on the night of October 9 was not old enough to legally carry a gun on campus via Texas’ campus carry law.
Texas law allows carry by individuals with concealed carry permits on certain campuses but the suspect–Hollis Daniels–is only 19-years-old.
According to Breitbart Texas’ recent reporting, Texas Tech police did a welfare check on Daniels and later took him to the station after finding evidence of drugs and “paraphernalia” in his dorm. At the station, Daniels allegedly pulled a gun and shot an officer, 48-year-old Floyd East, Jr., killing him.
The warrant for 19-year-old Hollis Daniels III states Daniels was in the Texas Tech Police Department briefing room with an Officer East. Daniels was not wearing handcuffs. A corporal heard a bang and ran into the room. Officer East was found with an apparent gunshot wound but Daniels was no longer in the room. A .45 caliber RP shell casing was found near the officer who was shot. The corporal reported the officer’s body camera was missing but the officer’s firearm was still in his holster.
Daniels fled the scene on foot and was apprehended by Lubbock Memorial Coliseum.
Campus carry is the law of the land in 10 states, including Texas. But because of Daniels’ age–being only 19–his alleged possession and criminal use of a firearm is proof that bad guys will always have guns rather than being proof that campus carry is a bad law.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and host of Bullets with AWR Hawkins, a Breitbart News podcast. He is also the political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.