A bill has passed the Senate that would allow licensed carriers to keep their weapons in locked cars while on campus. The measure is supported as a Second Amendment provision of individual rights, rather than an attempt to enhance college and university security. The bill is SB 1907, by Sen. Glenn Hegar (R-Katy).
IMPORTANT: This bill in no way alters the message in the previous post regarding the "campus carry" bill that will be voted upon in the House on May 4. In fact, it underscores the need to inform members of the House regarding TCCTA's position: to allow local institutions to decide what to allow at their schools regarding firearms. By all means review the previous post before responding, as it contains specific recommendations and other useful information.
One reported scenario could entail transforming the Senate bill into a "campus carry" measure in the waning days of the Session. However, a recent article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by noted journalist Dave Montgomery contains a passage that seems to make this unlikely:
During the Senate debate on Tuesday, Birdwell and Hegar assured senators that they would not use Hegar’s bill as a vehicle to attach the broader campus gun measure.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, told Hegar she planned to support his bill but said she wanted his assurance that “you will not allow that opening, that broad opening to become a part of what you’re passing out of here today.”
“You understand that there are many of us in the Senate chamber who are concerned about the broader impacts of carrying on campus,” she said.
Hegar told Davis that he did not intend to place the other measure on his bill in “any shape, form or fashion.”
“I do not want that piece of legislation on here because that’s a totally separate issue,” Hegar said.
Davis, in a statement later, said that “it is important that the local control of colleges and universities over their campuses be preserved with regard to carrying guns on campus."
Four Democrats voted against Hegar’s bill: Rodriguez, Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston, Eddie Lucio Jr., Brownsville, and Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo.