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.
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Yup that is what Texas the state that started the whole trend in College shooting all the way back with Charles Whitman in 1966 needs more people running around with concealed weapons.