Almost All Texas Museums Allow Concealed Carry; Amarillo College’s Art Museum Won’t

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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

AUSTIN, Texas -(Ammoland.com)- Although most of Texas' state-owned museums and tourist attractions, including the Alamo, the Texas Capitol, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum, are statutorily required to allow the licensed, concealed carry of handguns, Amarillo College has decided that it will not allow concealed carry in its on-campus art museum because, as the AC student paper puts it, “Children and the general public visit [the museum].”

This is just the latest example of Texas colleges using the “reasonable rules” provision of the state's campus carry law to usurp the clear intent of the Texas Legislature.

The Legislature’s intent in allowing university and college presidents to create “reasonable rules” regarding campus carry was to allow institutions of higher education the discretion to address, as the law puts it, “the uniqueness of the campus environment.”

Obvious examples of that uniqueness include chemical storage facilities, biocontainment labs, mental health clinics, and disciplinary hearings.

The reasonable rules clause was not intended as a license to revisit the Legislature’s prior decisions regarding whether concealed carry should be allowed in common, everyday locations such as restaurants, theaters, and museums.

Brian Bensimon, Southwest regional director for Students for Concealed Carry, commented, “The fact that colleges and universities continue to exploit the ambiguities of the state's campus carry law demonstrates that the bill passed by the 2015 Texas Legislature left us a few yards short of the goal line. The question now is whether the 2017 Texas Legislature will step up and finish the job.”

 

About Students For Concealed Carry:

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization.

For more information on SCC, visit their website or Facebook.

For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit their website or tweet @CampusCarry.

  • 15 thoughts on “Almost All Texas Museums Allow Concealed Carry; Amarillo College’s Art Museum Won’t

        1. Yes, the resident troll likes his abode. He apparently gets a thrill tweaking (or does he consider it verbal twerking?) the readers here.

      1. For all those interested “Gil” happens to be one of a number of pseudonyms used by a paid staffer of the Violence Policy Center, one of Bloombergs underlings.

        1. @TennX Gil Unmadked! Outstanding work! We always suspected, but now we know. You get the gold star of the day! As for Booomberg and his VPC, boy howdy did they not get their money’s worth.

        2. How did you discover that?

          Also, for one that is part of a group that is supposedly against violence, the posts almost always indicate underlying violent tendencies. I guess it is true, those that can’t trust themselves with guns, because of their violent ideas and tendencies, believe no one else can be trusted with guns. They don’t understand it’s just them, which is why *we* have the guns.

            1. @TennX, You just keep unmasking them, brother. It is more entertaining than a basketful of puppies!

          1. Sounds very similar to an explanation once given by a shrink, paraphrasing – The loudest and most violent reactions tend to come from those who have those same tendencies with in themselves.

            1. OldVet, that is correct, especially based on the many comments by anti-gun posters who always wish violence upon us for being peaceful, law-abiding citizen who also happen to be gun owners.

      2. @Gil, We have been over this before. Who shoots at paintings or statutes? What are the facts of the incident? When did someone last shoot at a painting or statue? Where did your alleged incident occur? Why were they shooting at the painting or statue? Who, What, When, Where, Why remember these from your sixth grade English class. Wait… you did make it to sixth grade, right? Or maybe, you only had English as a Second Language class.

        1. Well, legend has it that Napoleon’s army shot the Sphinx, but it was actually vandalized by a Muslim leader.

          1. @Dave E. Well, I appreciate your helping Violence Policy Center paid staffer, Gil, out of his lack of facts dilemma, of course, but I was waiting to ambush him when he came up with the very historical instance that you mention. So, put the sneak on and tip toe by pretending that you don’t know that there is a intellectual trap waiting so that you do not spoil the fun.

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