guns on campus

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT News

A campus carry bill declared dead earlier in the Texas legislative session has gotten a second life after a Senate committee gave it a hearing on May 14.

The packed room at the Capitol seemed familiar Tuesday – many testifying against a bill that would allow students, faculty and staff to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.

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Guns on Campus Bill Stalling in the Senate

Legislation under consideration at the State Capitol would make it legal to carry guns on college and university campuses. One of the bill’s sponsors, State Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio,  failed to get enough votes to bring it up for debate Monday.  Senator Wentworth says he’s one vote short to bring the bill to the floor.  Those in favor of the measure say it would give people the right to protect themselves on campus.  Opponents are concerned it would escalate campus violence.  You can read the full text of the Senate bill here.