Texas Lawmakers Consider Concealed Carry for Colleges, Universities

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Texas lawmakers are weighing legislation to allow concealed handgun license (CHL) holders to carry handguns for self-defense on state college and university campuses.

The legislation, titled “The Campus Personal Protection Act” (SB-11), was put forth by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury).

According to MyFoxAustin, Birdwell said, “These are public universities on public property and the state ought not be precluding a state constitutional right on state public property.”

Texas Gun Sense chair Francis Schenkkan opposes the legislation, claiming it’s “dangerous.” Schenkkan expounded on her opposition by saying, “We have security forces on campus and people who are trained and have to keep up that training. That’s not the situation for CHL holders.” But this is not accurate; CHL holders do have to keep up training and demonstrate shooting proficiency on a set basis.

On January 29, Fox 4 Beaumont reported that Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick supports SB-11 and that he is “very pleased that the Senate is poised to cast this historic vote.”

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