What Do You Think About the Campus Carry Bill That the Texas House Passed On Saturday? [POLL]
There are still hurdles in place (the Senate) but on Saturday, the Texas House preliminary passed the campus carry bill. The bill would allow students, faculty, and staff to carry guns on campus if they have their CHL. 24 other states have campus carry and Texas could join them. The bill was able to pass because of the revisions made that would allow schools to opt-out. According to the Texas Tribune, the bill also doesn’t extend to sporting events or “mass-gatherings”.
Fletcher reassured members that the bill had an “opt-out” provision that allowed schools to reject participation, and allowed an amendment that requires institutions, after consulting with staff, students and other stakeholders, to renew the policy annually. The bill does not extend to sporting events, and Fletcher allowed an amendment that would prevent CHL holders from taking firearms to other “official mass gatherings.” He also gave the green light to an amendment by state Rep. Craig Eiland, D-Galveston, that forbids carrying firearms on campuses that hold “biocontainment” laboratories. Eiland’s district includes the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.
What do you think about this bill? Is it a good step forward or is it too weak due to the opt-out provisions?