UPDATE: A watered-down version of House Bill 972 was passed out of committee. We’ll link to the current version of the bill when its available online. It’s sad to think a lunatic running around a campus stabbing everyone may have finally gotten some commons sense applied to this.
Here’s what it comes down to: several 2nd Amendment rights bills got positive hearings in the Texas House Committee for Homeland Security and the committee itself is in favor of them (probably 7-2). The problem is, the Texas House ‘leadership’ is ‘gaming’ these bills; either holding them as a favor to the minority Democrats, or- as likely- using them to arm-twist conservatives to vote on things they otherwise wouldn’t.
It is time to apply heat from outside Austin to support these bills coming out of committee and for Calendars to put them up for a vote BEFORE the end-of-session scrum. Our right to defend ourselves should NOT be subject to such shenanigans.
House Bill 972 , House Bill 1313, and House Bill 706 by Rep. Allen Fletcher, Rep. Brandon Creighton & Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, respectively, would allow adult Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves in buildings and facilities located on the campus of a public college or university. Open Carry, which allows a CHL holder to either conceal or carry openly a handgun, is House Bill 700 by Rep. Lavender.
Also, House Bill 1304 by Rep. Sheets, which decriminalizes the unintentional display of a concealed firearm by a CHL holder, is also worthy of a vote.
Here are the board members and Straus’s own contact infromation. Concentrate on contacting (by phone if possible) the offices of the Committee Chair Pickett and Straus himself. Be sure to share this information with like-minded folks, either by email or the social media share links shown above.
Speaker: Rep. Joe Straus (512) 463-1000
Chair: Rep. Joseph Pickett (512) 463-0596
Vice Chair: Rep. Allen Fletcher (512) 463-0661
– Rep. Philip Cortez (512) 463-0269
– Rep. Tony Dale (512) 463-0696
– Rep. Dan Flynn (512) 463-0880
– Rep. Tim Kleinschmidt (512) 463-0682
– Rep. George Lavender (512) 463-0692
– Rep. Kenneth Sheets (512) 463-0244
– Rep. Ron Simmons (512) 463-0478
The issue here can be couched in the term of protection of women. Statistics indicate that between one in four and one in five women suffer sexual assault on campus. With campuses being gun-free zones, the perps have a LOT fewer limitations on activity. We need to support women’s right to protect themselves as they see fit.