Skip to comments.Legislature blog: College handgun bill clears first Senate vote
Posted on 05/20/2009 5:01:41 AM PDT by marktwain
College students and faculty members with a concealed handgun license would be able to pack their firearms on campus under a bill that the Senate tentatively approved on Tuesday. The measure, passed on a 20-10 vote, was offered by a state senator who said he wants to give Texas students protection against mass shootings such as occurred at Virginia Tech University in 2007. Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said the right-to-carry measure also would protect students from other life-threatening situations.
"When I read about massacre in Virginia (in 2007), I felt I would feel personally guilty if it woke up one morning and read that this had happened on one of our college campuses and I had done nothing to prevent it from happening," Wentworth explained to other senators. A series of amendments seeking to soften the bill were rejected as Wentworth argued they would infringe on the rights of Texans licensed to carry. One amendment would have allowed college governing boards to decide whether to allow firearms on their campuses.
The measure, which needs a final vote in the Senate, faces an uphill battle in the House, which allowed a similar bill to die on its calendar last week. Higher education officials are expected to lobby against the measure on the House side, using the argument that it infringes on their authority and could endanger students and faculty. The Senate bill does not affect a current prohibition on firearms at sporting events
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FINALLY! FACT: The 2nd Amendment is SELF-incorporated to all government entities at every level. It is MORE ABSOLUTE than the 1st Amendment, or any of the others, because the wording forbids not only CONGRESS, but ANYONE from infringing on it. The 1st says Congress shall make no law.... The 2nd say shall NOT be infringed! Period! End of debate!
WAY TO GO, TEXAS!
I had thought that the issue was already dead....well this is good news that the senate passed it.