…again, having succumbed to a massive Liberal disinformation campaign. Texas State Senator John Whitmire (D-Houston), the chair of the Criminal Justice committee, has decided he will not allow SB 182 to be considered at this time, using the lamest excuse I’ve seen in a while, even from a Democrat. He cited the recent mass shooting incidents in Connecticut and Colorado as the reasoning for this decision, something the majority of Texas Senators would consider a good reason for passage of the bill.
I wonder if the A&M Board of Regents used the same tactic they did in 2011.
There is another bill pending which might make it to the Senate floor, and has a chance of passage. It will allow students (who have CHLs) to keep handguns in their vehicles parked on campus parking lots, just like any non-student (and non-faculty-member) with a CHL can already do (but only in publicly-accessible parking lots) under the provisions of TPC 46.035. The only reason colleges and universities can restrict handguns from student’s cars at present is because the parking lots are restricted-access. This is actually an interpretation of case law, and not an explicit part of the statutes, in which the restricted access is considered to be an extension of “premises” in the same way a fence can be considered the extension of a building. So this bill (SB 1907) would simply override a narrow interpretation of prior case law.