AUSTIN, TEXAS –-(Ammoland.com)- The Texas chapter of Students for Concealed Carry formally opposes Texas House Bills 234 and 255, on the grounds that these bills would allow state institutions (e.g., public colleges) to create additional honor-system-based “gun-free” zones on public property (e.g., college campuses). These bills by Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) run counter to SCC's position that state institutions should be required to honor state-issued concealed handgun licenses.
Brian Bensimon, Southwest regional director for SCC, commented:
Gun-free zones only enhance public safety if they are enforced with metal detectors and armed guards. In the context of these bills, such measures would only be financially feasible at professional and collegiate sporting events, where concealed carry is statutorily prohibited under current law. As SCC has said since its founding, a “gun-free” zone that is gun-free in name only serves only to stack the odds in favor of any criminal or lunatic willing to disregard the rules.
Institutions such as the University of Texas and Central Texas College are already stretching the limits of Texas' campus carry law. Let's not make the problem worse by giving public institutions additional discretion to prohibit licensed concealed carry.
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 ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.