First Texas campus carry legislation of the session introduced

A new bill will bring the guns on campus debate…

A new bill will bring the guns on campus debate back into the limelight this legislative session.

Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, along with 13 additional Republican authors filed Senate Bill 182 on Thursday that would allow licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on campuses and other locations associated with higher education.

The bill, which Birdwell dubbed the Campus Personal Protection act, doesn’t allow a person to bring a concealed handgun onto the premises of a hospital, or preschool, elementary school or secondary school operated by a college or university. It would also allow the prohibition of a concealed gun at college sporting events.

“For me, this isn’t just about the firearm,” Birdwell said. “It’s about trusting citizens with their God-given, constitutional

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