Texas Students Push For Gun Rights On Campus

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

College students in Texas are pushing for legislation that grants the right to carry guns on campus in the wake of last year's massacre at Virginia Tech.

Utah is currently the only state that specifically allows the carrying of concealed weapons at public universities. Colorado State made a similar decision after a 2003 state law allowed schools the ability to create and implement their own policies.

Texans won the right to carry concealed weapons in 1995 after an
emotional legislative debate. That debate did not include college campuses.

Now the state is caught up in the new national debate to change that law.

Republican state Representative Joe Driver of Garland, recently
held a hearing on this issue. Driver said he plans to introduce a bill
to remove college campuses from the list of places where guns are
prohibited. He said he is unsure the bill will get enough support.

Rice University Police Chief Bill Taylor explained to the panel that the
limited amount of training provided to concealed handgun licensees
does not prepare them to do the job of law enforcement officers.

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