The campus guns bill, as it has been generally called, is over. It’s not going to pass this year.
“We won’t have a hearing,” Chairman John Whitmire told KTRH. Senator Whitmire leads the Criminal Justice Committee, which oversees gun control legislation. “There’s five weeks left. The bill does not have enough support on the senate floor. So I’m not going to have a hearing.
But that doesn’t mean that a bill won’t be passed allowing college students in Texas to bring guns on campus. There very may well be one.
Senator Glenn Hegar of Katy proposed a bill that would allow students who have a conceal carry gun permit to keep their guns locked in their cars parked on campus.
“It simply allows a student on a campus who has a concealed handgun license and has gone through the proficiency programs, taking the test to certify, to be able to leave their personal concealed handgun locked out of sight-out of mind in their own personal vehicle while they’re on campus,” Hegar told KTRH. “It was modeled after SB321, which became law and which allows employees to keep concealed handguns in cars.”
The bill was reported out of committee on Wednesday and will now go to the Senate floor for an up or down vote.
“I would anticipate it will pass,” Whitmire told KTRH.
“The only place it is able to be possessed,” said Hegar, speaking of concealed handguns, “Is locked in your own personal vehicle, or locked out of sight-out of mind in a vehicle. You are not able to take it around with you on campus, it has nothing to do with any of that whatsoever. It’s just if you have it in your vehicle you are no subject to being expelled from school.”