Supporters of a “campus carry” bill in Texas are awaiting Governor Rick Perry's decision whether to add it to the special session.
State Rep. Allen Fletcher blames Senate Democrats for putting them in this position.
"Senator Watson kept the 12 Democrat senators from allowing there to be a vote on it," the Tomball Republican tells KTRH News. "They used the 'blocker bill' where they had to have 21 votes, and with only 19 Republicans we couldn't move it in the Senate."
As with most things in Austin, Kurt Mueller at the group Students for Concealed Carry, says the legislation got bogged down in politics.
"Texas has had a 'campus carry' bill each of the last three sessions, and we've gotten really close," he says. "It always comes down to some political maneuvering."
Right now, Texas is one of just 22 states which do not allow concealed handguns on college campuses.
Mueller insists the bill is needed to ensure student safety.
"Many of these college campuses are vast areas that cover as much ground as some cities, and are cities in their own right in many respects," he says.
Governor Perry can add the “campus carry” at any time during the special session, or call a separate session later this year.