AUSTIN, May 10 – The Texas State Senate has passed a bill which would allow concealed handguns on state college campuses.
The bill follows several attempts by Senator Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio which have been thwarted by Senate Democrats. Sen. Wentworth has gone on record to say he believes allowing lawful concealed carry will increase the safety of college campuses by introducing the option of self-defense for those with state-issued permits.
More than 20 other states have taken up similar bills this year, with legislation still pending in Nevada, Michigan and Louisiana. The bills have been strongly supported by Students for Concealed Carry,
“We always looked to Texas as one of our stronger possibilities this year,” said David Burnett, the president of Students for Concealed Carry. “But we’ve had a very strong year elsewhere in the nation as well. A lot of legislatures clearly consider this an important issue.”
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Critics say allowing guns on campus would make campuses less safe but the group argues just the opposite is true.
“Their arguments aren't based in reality. We already have over 70 campuses in three states that allow concealed carry by licensed individuals. We have yet to see a single resulting incident reported. Permit-holders want to follow the law. Criminals don’t obey the signs or ask for permission."
“We’re tired of depending on the cooperation and goodwill of criminals,” said Daniel Crocker, Southern Regional Director of Students for Concealed Carry. “We shouldn’t have to sacrifice the right to protect ourselves to pursue higher education.”
Burnett said the group expects smooth sailing through the House. Governor Rick Perry has already stated he will sign the bill.
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