TX College Students May Soon Be Able To Legally Carry Firearms On Campus

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The Texas Senate passed a bill, introduced by Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, that would allow students and college employees to carry a concealed firearm onto campus and into most buildings as long as they are at least 21 years old and have the proper carry permit. Wentworth says he brought forth the bill specifically because of the slaughter by a crazed suicidal maniac on the Virginia Tech campus on April 16, 2007 saying the dozens of unarmed people who were killed and injured that day were mowed down like sitting ducks with no way of fighting back against the madman.

The bill now goes back to the House and they must take it up before Tuesday May 26 or it will die on the vine like it did last week when lawmakers failed to debate the legislation in a timely manner. Hopefully the representatives will be on the ball this time around and finally get this bill onto Governor Rick Perry’s desk.

From the Houston Chronicle.com,

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.

Note, according to the Texas Legislature website the vote was actually 20 yeas and 11 nays.

The amendment to CSSB 1164 was read and was adopted by a viva voce vote.

All Members are deemed to have voted “Yea” on the adoption of Floor
Amendment No. 1 on Third Reading.

On motion of Senator Wentworth and by unanimous consent, the caption was
again amended to conform to the body of the bill as amended.

CSSB 1164 as again amended was finally passed by the following vote: Yeas 20, Nays 11.

Yeas:Carona, Deuell, Eltife, Estes, Fraser, Harris, Hegar, Hinojosa, Huffman,
Jackson, Lucio, Nelson, Nichols, Patrick, Seliger, Shapiro, Uresti, Wentworth,
Whitmire, Williams.

Nays: Averitt, Davis, Duncan, Ellis, Gallegos, Ogden, Shapleigh, VanideiPutte,
Watson, West, Zaffirini.

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Missouri joins Texas as another state with college campus concealed carry legislation in the pipeline.

From the columbiamissourian.com website,

State Rep. Brian Munzlinger, R-Williamstown, has a response for those who argue that a concealed-carry law would create additional danger on campus. He says it follows “common sense.”

“Criminals tend to take the soft targets where it’s a gun-free zone,” he said of the history of campus attacks. The sponsor of the amendment that applies to firearms on campus, Munzlinger said he doesn’t want to belittle campus security officers but that they cannot be everywhere all the time; that leaves a gun-free campus vulnerable.

The presidents of Missouri’s public universities who oppose the amendment “cannot show one single case where concealed-carry has caused a problem on campus,” Munzlinger said.

“I think they’re (the presidents are) just fearing law-abiding people when they should be fearing criminals.”

The provision to allow concealed weapons on state campuses passed the House and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Munzlinger, who has a daughter at MU, said that in more than 80 combined semesters, no campus that allows concealed weapons has had a problem caused by gunmen or by students carrying firearms on campus. He also said he was not aware of any incidents before that.

The Missouri bill would also drop the age for acquiring a concealed carry permit from 23 to 21. Considering we have teenagers carrying weapons and fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan this would certainly seem to be a reasonable thing to do.

Naturally Democrats, college administrators and some law enforcement are against the ability of people to defend themselves falsely claiming allowing citizens to legally carry concealed firearms on campus will result in a bloodbath. This is what the usual suspects say every time legislators attempt to allow law abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment right.

University of Missouri system President Gary Forsee and Missouri State President Mike Nietzel have both denounced legislation approved by the state House that would allow concealed weapons to be brought onto college campuses. Forsee said in a written statement Friday that the legislation “increases the risk that our university family could be put in harm’s way.” He added: “Missouri’s college students should be allowed to learn and exchange ideas in an environment free from the threat of concealed guns.” Nietzel said safety experts and law enforcement agree that allowing handguns on campus is inconsistent with campus safety. “Removing the ban on concealed weapons on campus is not wise, it is not necessary, and will not promote greater safety,” he said in a written statement.

Of course not everyone has lost their minds over this issue.

As law enforcement trainers refine tactics for confronting “active killers” who attack the innocent in places like schools or shopping malls, some police veterans are criticizing the supposedly “gun free” zones where many of these attacks have occurred.

Reporter Brendan Keefe of Cincinnati’s WCPO-TV interviewed Ohio trainers Ron Borsch of the South East Area Law Enforcement Regional Training Academy and John Benner of Tactical Defense Institute. These reports confirmed what Keefe had discovered through his own research: that many mass murders have happened in places where guns are prohibited, either by law or institutional policies.

On camera, longtime SWAT team member Benner labeled these killers as cowards. “These are people that are looking to kill innocent people that can’t fight back,” he added. And Blue Ash, Ohio police chief Chris Wallace said, “Someone who’s intent on committing mass murder isn’t really going to be deterred by a sign that tells them they can’t have a gun at that location.”

In an update to his report on WCPO’s website, reporter Keefe concluded, “As journalists, we are not interested in entering into the heated debate over gun control. We are, however, interested in reporting the facts. In this story, the facts point to the active shooters ignoring gun prohibitions and perhaps selecting those locations because they are ’soft targets’ where no resistance would be found.”

Utah is currently the only state in the union that allows qualifying students to carry a concealed firearm on every public college campus and have done so for two and a half years now, albeit under court order, yet we haven’t heard a peep about problems with gun battles in the cafeterias, classrooms or the dorms.

Of course we haven’t heard of some maniac roaming around any Utah state universities blasting away at helpless students and professors either.

Coincidence?

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