Texas Students for Concealed Carry Endorses HB 631

Campus Carry Melissa Golden/AP Photo
Campus Carry Melissa Golden/AP Photo
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

AUSTIN, TEXAS-(Ammoland.com)- The Texas chapter of Students for Concealed Carry is throwing its support behind Texas House Bill 631, a bill “relating to a public awareness campaign on firearm safety and suicide prevention.”

This bill by Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin) would direct the Texas Department of Public Safety to design and implement a public awareness campaign focused on suicide prevention, the safe handling and storage of firearms, and prevention of firearm accidents involving children. The program would be funded by license to carry fees, matching funds, and private donations.

Because this initiative would address issues that are of paramount concern to parties on both sides of the campus carry debate, Texas SCC has concluded that HB 631 would further the organization's goal of ensuring that vetted, licensed adults are able to safely and legally defend themselves on college campuses. Furthermore, the directors of Texas SCC believe that the bill's fiscally responsible funding model adequately addresses any concerns the organization's members might have about supporting a public awareness campaign.

SCC Southwest Regional Director Brian Bensimon, the ranking director in SCC's Texas chapter, commented, “Too often, gun-control activists mistake gun-control measures for gun-safety measures, and gun-rights activists mistake gun-safety measures for gun-control measures. From our standpoint, this is a genuine gun-safety measure that would only make campus carry safer and make the public more comfortable with licensed concealed carry in general. We see HB 631 as a win for everyone involved.”


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 ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.


  • 4 thoughts on “Texas Students for Concealed Carry Endorses HB 631

    1. Got this one wrong – Normally Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is informed and accurate – they have been duped this time. This is a camel nose in the tent situation. Modeled after a successful strategy employed by Mom’s Against Drunk Driving which resulted in Travis County acting as broker for the MADD classes (offered for $$$) to educate people about DUI. The difference is “driving a car” is not a Constitutional RIGHT and taking the class is punishment. The predictable path of HB 631 implementation is that Bloomberg provided propaganda class may become a pre-requirement to obtaining a future LTC. Worse yet it may become core course material required to be taught during the LTC Class. LTC Instructors are not mental health professionals and adding another subject to cover in critical time they have with students would only distract from other core requirements which are more important and relevant to the license.

      Suicide awareness and prevention is a complex subject and should not be combined with firearms safety. There are many existing organizations dedicated to public awareness and training on these subjects – why ask the DPS to be the focus portal on these subjects? Look for the ulterior motive behind this proposed legislation.

      Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee met April 04. Representative Howard set up her HB631 by saying this is not an anti-gun bill. Pants on Fire statement – what she should have said was – “Ban and take away all guns to reduce suicide by firearms”. Stop the advance of restoring the Second Amendment is her obvious goal – this is a step in the Democrat, anti-2nd initiatives. Do not give the anti-2nd people a win ever – Andrea Brauer, Executive Director of Texas Gun Sense is behind this legislative initiative.

      See anti-gun strategy outlined here: http://www.bigcountryhomepage.com/news/advocates-for-gun-control-rally-in-austin/495250678

    2. BIG MISTAKE! This group thinks they will get some traction to have the state pass out their flyers. NO, they won’t. Howard is a shill for Bloomberg’s astroturf groups and THEY will be the only ones that get “access”. Never believe anything a Bloomberg toadie sez and you can’t go wrong.

    3. great picture, dumbasses. Texas campus carry requires “concealed” carry. Way to mislead the uninformed.

      1. It’s a picture of the SCC’s “open holster protest” with no pistol in the empty holster. If they showed a photo of a student carrying concealed, it would just look like “any student.” I’m sure they keep using this photo for SCC articles because the annual “open holster protest” is associated with the group and the photo shows that. Now that we have a degree of campus carry in force, I’m not sure if the SCC guys will continue their “open holster protest” this April. If they are no longer going to be doing that protest, then they probably need to come up with a new photo or logo.

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