Texas students push for guns on campus

July 13, 2008 1:44:20 PM PDT
College students in Texas are pushing for legislation that grants the right to carry guns on campus in the wake of last year's massacre at Virginia Tech. Currently, Utah is the only state that specifically allows the carrying of concealed weapons at public universities. Colorado State made a similar decision after a 2003 state law let schools create their own policies.

Texans won the right to carry concealed weapons in 1995 after an emotional legislative debate. But that didn't include college campuses. Now the state is caught up in the new national debate to change that law.

Republican state Representative Joe Driver of Garland recently held a hearing on the issue. He says he plans to introduce a bill to remove college campuses from the list of places where guns are prohibited. He's not sure the bill will get enough support, though.

Rice University Police Chief Bill Taylor told the panel that the limited amount of training provided to concealed handgun licensees doesn't prepare them to do the job of law enforcement officers.

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