There was some compromises made, mainly that colleges and universities can designate specific areas as being a "gun free zone". These zones have to be approved by the board of regents and reported the legislature. The intent being that campus can put specific areas like bio containment labs or MRI rooms off limits to guns. They can't however designate the entire school as being gun free. Private schools however can choose whether they want to allow or not allow guns in class.
Community colleges will also have to allow guns and fall under the same laws as public colleges will have with the exception that the law will go into effect a few months later to allow them to make changes and designate areas.
Both open carry and campus carry have passed and will presumably be signed into law, however, open carry will not be allow on campus at all.
So since they are separate bills in theory you could open carry on the grounds of a middle school or high school (which is part of the open carry bill), but not be able to open carry on the grounds of a college, since carrying in class is not covered under the open carry bill.
So for someone to legally carry a concealed handgun in class (chl holders have been allowed to carry on the grounds of any school for several years no with no incident, just not within the buildings), they would have already been required to be 21 years of age, have no criminal recorded, no history of drug or alcohol abuse, no history of mental illness, pass an extensive federal background check that can even look into juvenile records, has a full set of fingerprints on file, passed classroom training and shooting proficiency test, paid ~$300+ in fees. In other words these are responsible and proven law abiding adults. Texas keeps statistics of conviction rates of all crimes committed by those with a chl (all crimes not just those pertaining to firearms and a firearm doesn't necessarily even had to been involved, just that they have a chl). Chl holders are responsible for far less than 1% (.3%) of all convictions for any crimes.
Campus carry does not allow anyone to carrying in class that couldn't already legally carry outside of class. So this only applies to a small percentage of students...some seniors and those adults that are returning to college to finish a degree, start a new one, etc.... not recent high school grads.
Last I checked, alcohol was illegal for anyone under 21 and most drug use is illegal for anyone. Do you really think that those individuals who ignore those existing laws are going to let another law get in their way if they want to being a gun on campus? I doubt it.
But now at least a small percentage of the adult students who have proven to be responsible can now defend themselves and others against attacks by those who ignore the law and want to take the lives of others.
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: The Texas Senate approved a bill Saturday that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses.
"The bottom line is this, Senate Bill 11 makes concealed carry on Texas college campuses the law of the land, while allowing for very limited, reasonable prohibitions in unique campus locations," bill sponsor Sen. Brian Birdwell said.
So it just occurred to us that we should probably put up a small gate on our back porch, to keep the neighbor's kids from wandering onto our porch and falling into the pool this summer (because that would be terrible).
The issue here is that we have a dog who goes on and off the porch regularly, so we need to set up a gate of some kind that'll open for the dog, but not for other people. I was thinking of some kind of locking system that works with a sensor that we could put on her collar, but I can't seem to really find anything. We could get an automatic dog door that works the same way, but this gate will be outdoors and I'm worried they won't stand up to the weather.
So with that in mind.... Any ideas? This is something we'd really love to have finished by the time we open the pool for the summer (in about a month or two).
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