Birdwell’s bill allows guns on college campuses

January 19, 2013

State Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) filed legislation Thursday to allow students, faculty and staff with a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry firearms for personal protection on college campuses.

Senate Bill 182 also states that colleges or universities may not impose bans or penalties on students or employees who are lawfully carrying a licensed handgun on campus.

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

SB 182 also includes several statutory clauses to ensure current law is not sidestepped. Among these are ensuring colleges and universities may post notices that athletic events and sporting venues are off-limits to CHL holders.

SB 182 was joint-authored by 13 of Birdwell’s colleagues.

“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.”

In similar action, state Rep. Jim Keffer (R-Eastland) joint-authored a bill called “The Second Amendment Preservation Act.” The proposed legislation nullifies all federal acts considered in violation of the second amendment to the Constitution.

“Texans believe in gun safety, responsible ownership, and we certainly stand against those who abuse such privileges,” said Keffer, “but we also stand firm that our right to bear arms should not be infringed upon by the federal government.”

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