Campus carry has been bouncing in and out of our Texas legislature for about a decade now. Last time, it was defeated by a TAMU official who reached out to some of the Texas legislators, and informed them that if campus carry passed, they could forget all about their free season box tickets for A&M football. It will be interesting to see if that unethical and illegal tactic will be successfully used again this session.
Senate Bill 11, sponsored by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), would remove restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding adult Concealed Handgun Licensees from protecting themselves on college and university campuses.
Open carry is also making headlines. As I have mentioned before, I don’t have any philosophical objection to open carry. I just would not carry openly myself, since I believe that concealed carry is a better deterrent to criminal behavior. I don’t recall such a Big Deal being made about this during the last session, so I’m expecting that Open Carry might actually pass this time.
Senate Bill 17, sponsored by state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), a proposal removing the requirement that CHLs keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster. Note: SB 17 is identical to SB 346 introduced by Senator Estes; the language from SB 346 was re-filed this week and assigned a lower bill number by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, signifying that this issue is of high importance in the Texas Senate.
One advantage of this new law would be that CHL holders wouldn’t have to worry as much about deep concealment
If you wish to contact your representative, here’s how. Again, from the NRA site:
Please contact State Affairs Committee members and urge them to support both SB 11 and SB 17. Contact information for committee members can be found here. Be sure to thank those Senators who co-authored each bill; a list of co-authors is available for Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 17.
Personally, I would like to see both bills passed (even though I would prefer not to carry openly), if for no other reason than it would give me the opportunity to ask some of my Liberal associates why there isn’t any “blood flowing in the streets” afterward. That, and it would remove one hassle associated with going back to school to pick up some additional coursework. Or, for that matter, maybe getting another teaching gig at the local community college.