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by terryg
Wed May 08, 2013 7:59 am
Forum: 2013 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee
Replies: 36
Views: 3738

Re: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee

JKTex wrote:
terryg wrote:
baldeagle wrote:If I'm understanding this correctly, possessing a firearm on the premises of an institution of higher education is no longer a violation of the penal code. This means, literally, it is not a violation of the law to carry on a campus unless the school has posted 30.06 signs. Then it would become trespass and a Class A misdemeanor.
Which might be mildly expensive considering the sheer number of buildings and doors they would have to contend with. But more importantly, it would be very aesthetically distasteful.
Not for students or faculty. Effective notice can be part of registration. Done. If there are public entrances they cover the general public with posting those doors. If they want to prohibit carry, I think they can and will. At least it's not the same penalty...it sounds like anyway.
Good point. But apparently only for private universities. It seems that public colleges would not be allowed to 30.06 up.
by terryg
Tue May 07, 2013 11:07 pm
Forum: 2013 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee
Replies: 36
Views: 3738

Re: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee

baldeagle wrote:If I'm understanding this correctly, possessing a firearm on the premises of an institution of higher education is no longer a violation of the penal code. This means, literally, it is not a violation of the law to carry on a campus unless the school has posted 30.06 signs. Then it would become trespass and a Class A misdemeanor.
Which might be mildly expensive considering the sheer number of buildings and doors they would have to contend with. But more importantly, it would be very aesthetically distasteful.
by terryg
Tue May 07, 2013 10:34 pm
Forum: 2013 Texas Legislative Session
Topic: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee
Replies: 36
Views: 3738

Re: Committee substitute for HB 972 passes committee

Update on HB 972.

The NRA-ILA update this evening highlighted something about this bill that I either did not catch before, or has been added. I have been very disappointed at the opt-out provision. But according to the NRA, this bill would remove criminal penalties for carrying on campus. When schools opt-out, they are essentially creating employee and/or student regulations ... with no criminal penalties. It may not seem like much, but this is huge. It now means that faculty and staff only face termination for violating university policy if they choose to carry rather than criminal prosecution.

Please correct if I have read this wrong. I think this is a fantastic first step bill!

House Bill 972 by state Representative Allen Fletcher (R-Cypress) and state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) eliminates the criminal prohibition on the possession of firearms on public and private college campuses for Texas Concealed Handgun Licensees. As passed in the House, schools may adopt administrative rules and regulations restricting licensees in campus buildings, but only after consulting annually with campus law enforcement, faculty, staff and students. HB 972 also now contains language from SB 1907 by Senator Glenn Hegar prohibiting public and private institutions of higher education from adopting or enforcing policies banning students who are CHLs from transporting and storing handguns and ammunition in their privately-owned motor vehicles while driving through or parking on campus

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