Some say, “It’s about time,” while others are disgruntled at even the thought of a gun on a college campus. Well, here in the Lone Star State, it’s almost been settled. Senate Bill 11 passed in the state House with a 98-47 vote and is now awaiting the signature of Gov. Greg Abbott who has confirmed that he will put his “John Hancock” on it.
The Bill was filed by state Rep. Allen Fletcher who insists that he did this to “allow CHL holders to protect themselves in certain situations where the only two people involved are a law-abiding citizen and a criminal intent on doing them harm.”
The following outlines components of Bill 11:
- University presidents required to adopt rules/policies regarding carrying concealed handguns on campus;
- Governing board may amend rules/policies with a 2/3 vote;
- University able to adopt rules on policies regarding dorms and storage;
- Private property rights of private universities preserved;
- Any off-limit locations on campus, such as bars and hospitals, remain off-limits; and
- Open carry prohibited.
While this seems logical to me, Julie Gavran with Keep Guns Off Campus, a group that urges colleges and universities across the country to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to all guns into college campuses, is scared that accidents involving guns, gun theft and suicides will increase. Yet, on the contrary, Students for Concealed Carry, a group who believes that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed to carry them on college campuses, were ecstatic about this piece of legislation. This group honors the right for school administrators to ban guns in specific buildings, but say that removing the blanked prohibition is a first step toward guns being legally accepted on campus.
Oh, and an interesting fact about Bill 11? It’s 50 years to the day after America’s first mass shooting on a college campus at the University of Texas at Austin that this new law will take effect.
So, which organization do your beliefs lean more toward, Keep Guns Off Campus or Students for Concealed Carry?
Do you support Bill 11 and think it’s a good idea?
Could anything bad come of allowing guns on college campuses?
As always, readers, I look forward to your reactions, thoughts and opinions! Let’s talk!