Wednesday, April 08, 2009

One Step Closer to Campus Carry

Today is a keynote day in our efforts to expand our right to keep and bear arms in Texas. HB 1893, a bill "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education", has made it through the House Public Safety Committee.

From the TSRA:

TSRA members, family and friends, you made it happen!

On Wednesday afternoon, April 8th, the House Committee on Public Safety voted out HB 1893, TSRA-backed legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Driver (R) Garland that would allow Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves on college and university campuses, by a 5-3 vote.

The committee agreed that adult students, faculty and staff who are 21 or older, who have passed extensive background checks, who have completed firearms training courses and who have been issued a concealed handgun license by the State of Texas should be able to protect themselves in campus settings just like they are legally able to do almost anywhere else in the state. The right to personal protection should not be denied to a licensee just because he or she studies, works or lives on a college or university campus.

HB 1893 next moves to House Calendars Committee to be set for debate on the House floor.

Please go to and click on the HB 1893 line. If your State Representative is a committee member and/or a co-author on HB 1893, take a minute and call or send email to thank them for supporting this important legislation.

If your State Representative isn't on the list, contact and urge that person to support HB 1893 when it comes to the floor of the Texas House.

CHLs need your help!
This is awesome news, a major hurdle has been crossed.

The minutes of the meeting have not yet been posted. When they do I'll be sure to post just exactly who voted how. I am sure that I can guess how the vote went, but will verify before posting.

It is time to contact your Texas House Representative and ask them to support HB 1893. While you are at it, you may want to contact the members of the Calendars Committee and let them know that you want this bill to see the house floor soon.

1 comment:

Adam Brock said...

I noticed there was a substitute for the bill introduced into the committee... I'm still trying to find out what was in that substitute. I speculate it was the removal of the requirement that private universities allow CHLs to carry on campus. :(