March 18, 2009
Dear Mr. Shi:
Thank you for writing to me and expressing your support for legislation that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry firearms on university campuses. I truly appreciate you taking the time to write and providing me with a copy of the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus Handbook.
House Bill 1893, authored by Rep. Joe Driver, and SB 1164, authored by Sen. Jeff Wentworth, would allow a license holder to carry a concealed handgun on university premises, or on any grounds or building in which an activity sponsored by the institution is being conducted. While you articulated valid points and the arguments presented in the handbook are strong, I am still not convinced that I should support these bills.
As you probably know, the Texas Penal Code, Section 46.03, stipulates that a person may not carry a firearm on the grounds of any educational institution. Given the history in the Texas House of bills concerning firearms and educational institutions, I do not think that legislation allowing persons with concealed handgun permits to carry firearms on university campuses would be successful. (what the heck does this even mean??)
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Thank you, again, for sharing your views with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions, concerns or recommendations on this or any other issue