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tombinghamthegreat
05-20-2009, 3:07 PM
There is a lot of pro gun stuff going on lately:thumbsup:

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6432279.html

Texas Senate OKs guns on college campus bill today
By JANET ELLIOTT AUSTIN BUREAU
May 20, 2009, 1:30PM

AUSTIN — A bill to allow college students and employees to carry their concealed handguns on campus won final passage today on a 19-12 vote in the Senate.

The bill would allow college students who are at least 21 years old and licensed to carry concealed handguns to bring those weapons into state campus buildings. University hospitals and athletic facilities would remain off limits to guns.

It applies to all universities and colleges in the state, but private institutions would be able to opt out.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said he introduced the bill because of the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech, where he said victims were “picked off like sitting ducks.”

“I would feel personally guilty if I woke up one morning and read that something similar had occurred on a Texas campus,” he said.

If the Senate gives the bill final approval — which could happen today — the controversial measure could go back to the House, where it died last week because lawmakers did not make the deadline to debate it.

However, legislative rules do allow House lawmakers to take up the Senate version if they do it before midnight Tuesday.

Exactly half of the House members, 75 of 150, have signed on as supporters of the bill, a legislative priority of the Texas State Rifle Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association.

Only 11 U.S. universities allow handguns on campus. In Texas, college students are split on the issue and several university administrators have expressed reservation.

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, tried to amend the bill to allow all schools to opt in if their governing boards wanted to allow concealed guns on campus. Colorado took that approach, she said, with some universities allowing guns and others not.

“This is a common-sense approach to the concealed handgun issue. Allow local control,” she said. Her amendment was defeated.

Katie Kasprzak, a recent graduate of Texas State University, testified in favor of the bill before legislative committees.

She completed the required course and shooting test to get licensed to carry a concealed weapon, but wasn’t able to carry it at night when she walked alone on campus.

“If someone wants to protect themselves, they should be guaranteed that right whether they are on a college campus,” said Kasprzak.

Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said the bill could confuse university police, who now know that a person with a gun on campus is violating the law.

“When there is an alcohol-related tragedy on campus, you don’t hear claims that giving students a 12-pack is the solution,” he said.

“Yet, when it comes to gun-related incidents, we seem to think that putting more guns in the mix will lead to a good, rather than bloody outcome,” Ellis said.

wolf13
05-20-2009, 3:13 PM
Great news, hopefully it ends up going into effect!

vrand
05-20-2009, 3:39 PM
“If someone wants to protect themselves, they should be guaranteed that right whether they are on a college campus,” said Kasprzak.

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:thumbsup:

SCMA-1
05-20-2009, 4:21 PM
Great news! Let's hope this type of legislation is contagious!:thumbsup:

SCMA-1

Shotgun Man
05-20-2009, 4:34 PM
Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston, said the bill could confuse university police, who now know that a person with a gun on campus is violating the law.


The police are too stupid to keep abreast of changes in the law. LOL.

umoja
05-20-2009, 8:58 PM
“When there is an alcohol-related tragedy on campus, you don’t hear claims that giving students a 12-pack is the solution,” he said.

“Yet, when it comes to gun-related incidents, we seem to think that putting more guns in the mix will lead to a good, rather than bloody outcome,” Ellis said.


Very strong argument there :rolleyes:

MP301
05-20-2009, 9:05 PM
Very strong argument there :rolleyes:

No kidding...its only acceptable if its just the victims blood.... wouldnt want to hurt the BG.

Tillers_Rule
05-20-2009, 9:10 PM
The police are too stupid to keep abreast of changes in the law. LOL.

No kidding. How about one night during muster they tell them guns are legal, not that hard:confused:


Good news about the situation though:thumbsup:

evan69
05-20-2009, 9:15 PM
Stop it stop it! Stop making me regret staying in California for college!!!

:( I want freedom...

phamkl
05-20-2009, 9:54 PM
this strikes me as the correct response to a shooting tragedy. Gungrabbers kind of go about it the wrong way, don't they?

And that 12 pack idea is dumb. Alcohol changes the person. Guns don't, except for the case of a verified mall ninja.