One of the biggest gun bills this session of the Texas Legislature — allowing students with concealed handgun licenses to carry their firearms on college campuses and in their classes — appeared to die quietly Wednesday.
State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said his bill essentially was held hostage by democrats.
The measure, known as “campus carry” or House Bill 972, would have let licensed students carry their concealed weapons on college campuses unless their schools opted out of letting guns in the classrooms.
“At this point, the clock is ticking and the prospects don’t get better over time,” said Birdwell, who was carrying the bill in the Senate. “I would prefer it wasn’t blocked, but it is.”
The bill could come up again if Gov. Perry calls a special session for any reason — as rumors running rampant through the capitol suggest he might.
Other measures sent to the governor for final approval before becoming law include:
- House Bill 1009, which allows armed school marshals to be present at Texas schools.
- A bill dropping the amount of training Texans need to gain or renew a concealed handgun license from 10-15 hours to around six hours.
- A bill eliminating requirements for concealed handgun holders to “demonstrate handgun proficiency” by taking a continuing education course to renew the license.