Monday, February 11, 2013

SB 182 and HB 972, Texas Campus Protection Act

SB 182 and HB 972 have been introduced to the Texas legislature.  This is the Campus Carry legislation for this session, called the "Campus Personal Protection Act".  In a nutshell, this legislation would allow Texas holders of a Concealed Handgun License to carry their firearm while on a college campus.  This legislation does give the college the option of determining how firearms will be stored in dorms, and to restrict carry in hospitals or "on the premises of a preschool, elementary school, or secondary school that is located on the campus of an institution of higher education" if the hospital or school "gives effective notice under Section 30.06".

Did you catch that last part?

Pretty cool.

Also cool is "Subsection (b)(2) does not apply on the premises where a collegiate sporting event is taking place if the actor was not given effective notice under Section 30.06."   Requiring notice under Section 30.06 at non college schools and sporting events on college campuses protects the CHL holder from accidentally wandering into what would under current CHL law be a prohibited place.  

If you agree that adults with a Concealed Handgun License should be able to protect themselves even while on a college campus, contact your representatives today and let them know.

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