Exactly one week ago, I reported that Texas was one step closer to passing their campus-carry bill. Well, the bill has officially passed through the Senate (which wasn’t expected to happen) and is on its way to the desk of Greg Abbott.
From New York Times:
The so-called campus-carry bill is expected to be signed into law by the Republican governor, Greg Abbott. It would take effect in August 2016 at universities and August 2017 at community colleges.
One of the bill’s biggest opponents happens to be the Chancellor of University Of Texas System, Admiral William McRaven.
“I’m a guy that loves my guns,” Admiral McRaven said. “I have all sorts of guns. I just don’t think bringing guns on campus is going to make us any safer. If you’ve ever been shot at, which I have, then you have an appreciation for what a gun can do.”
The bill comes at a time when Texas also passed open-carry for all CHL holders. Open carry would not be allowed on campuses, however. For those who don’t know Texas laws, you have to be 21 to get your CHL. The amount of college CHL holders is probably a lot smaller than some people think. Therefore, the amount of students who are carrying will be relatively small.
Private universities, such as SMU, TCU, and Rice, will be able to opt out of the bill. Public universities will also be able to designate certain areas on campus as “gun free.” The bill also allows professors to carry and get trained.
Is it a good idea? I can’t say. I’ve never been faced in a situation where someone is shooting at people, and needed the ability to fire back. Hopefully, the presence of guns in the right hands will deter those with guns in the wrong hands.
Ready or not, here comes guns on campuses everywhere..
[via New York Times]
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