The state of Texas is ever-so-close to passing a Bill which would allow both students and faculty to carry concealed handguns on campus.
Sound hard to believe? Well, its true!
If the Bill passes, Texas would actually become the second US state – after Utah – to allow guns on University Campuses.
Colorado currently gives Colleges and Universities the option to carry concealed handguns, and several have chosen to do just that.
In 1995’s landmark decision, Texas made it legal for residents over 21 to carry concealed handguns, and the State now has nearly 1/2 million registered handgun owners, according to the Department of Public Safety.
According to author of House Bill 750 – Republican Joe Rider:
“The issue applies mostly to faculty, staff and parents because most students would be too young to qualify for a license. In 2010, only 7 percent of license holders in 2010 were between the ages of 21 and 25, Driver said.
We’re not talking about every student getting a gun,” Driver said. “I did not file this bill so (license holders) could be heroes in mass-shooting situations. I filed this bill to allow (them) to be able to protect themselves.”
Is it just me, or do these American-style ‘‘conceal and carry” laws seem way out in left field?
Can you imagine – if carrying a handgun was actually legal in Canada – what activist groups would think of Republican Bill 750?
And to think we hunters and concervationists here in the Great White North have been battling for years, with difficulty, just to ‘shoot down’ a needless little gun registry system.
Gun laws, in my opinion, are the single biggest cultural and societal difference between the US and Canada, but the question still remains…
Who’s approach is better?