AUSTIN (January 17, 2013)—State Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, filed a bill Thursday that would allow students, faculty and staff members with concealed handgun licenses to carry firearms on campus for personal protection.
The bill would bar colleges or universities from circumventing the act by imposing bans or penalties on students or employees who are carrying firearms legally, Birdwell said.
The legislation ensures that private schools may establish rules regarding concealed handgun license holders on campus, Birdwell said.
A section of the bill says private or independent institutions may establish rules prohibiting CHL holders from carrying handguns on campus premises owned or leased and operated by the institution.
"For me, this isn't just about the firearm," Birdwell said. "It's about trusting citizens with their God-given, constitutional rights."
"I'm proud to be filing this bill with the support of so many of my colleagues, as well as the full backing of the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association," Birdwell said. "
“This is a piece of legislation I have consistently heard about from the citizens I was elected to serve, and I look forward to seeing it enacted."
A similar measure was defeated in 2011 in the Texas House.