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Austin, TX – March 18 – The legislators and gun-control activists who incessantly parrot the claim that Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury) is pandering to Baylor University (the largest employer in his district) by exempting private colleges from his “campus carry” legislation (SB 11) are clearly hoping voters won’t remember that the language exempting private colleges originated in campus carry legislation by former Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio), whose district encompassed the state’s fifth-largest public university but no large private universities.

During the Wednesday, March 18, floor debate on Senate Bill 11, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), remarked to Senator Birdwell, “It is interesting that you would put this in public universities—in other people’s districts—but not private, when the largest employer in your district is a private university.”

This is a favorite talking point among opponents of the bill, but it ignores the fact that the opt-out language for private universities originated in Senator Wentworth’s committee substitute to his 2009 campus carry bill (SB 1164). Senator Wentworth included the same language in his 2011 campus carry bill (SB 354), and Senator Birdwell repeated it in his 2013 bill (SB 182). Because Senator Wentworth’s district encompassed the town of San Marcos—home to Texas State University—but did not include any large private universities, there is no evidence that the language is intended to create a carve-out for Baylor or any other individual institution.

Madison Welch, Southwest regional director for Students for Concealed Carry, commented:

 

Opponents hope to derail this bill by pushing the false narrative of a “double standard,” but the reality is that the ability of private colleges to operate free of many of the restrictions placed on public colleges is fundamental to the existence of private colleges. When you consider that private colleges have wide latitude to require church attendance, enforce morality codes, and place restrictions on students’ freedom of speech, it makes sense that those same institutions would be allowed to restrict the rights of concealed handgun license holders on campus. If that is a double standard, it’s the same double standard that always exists between private property and public property. There is nothing unethical or unusual about allowing private property owners to set their own policies but requiring state-funded colleges to honor state-issued licenses.

 

The double-standard narrative is one of two popular talking points among opponents of campus carry. The other is that campus carry would place a heavy financial burden on Texas colleges. For example, the University of Houston recently claimed it would need $3 million for the first year and $1.2 million for each subsequent year, to build and staff secured storage facilities to house the guns of concealed handgun license (CHL) holders living in on-campus dorms.

Ignoring the fact that Senate Bill 11 does not mandate secured storage facilities and would allow UH to continue its current policy of requiring CHL holders living in dorms to store their handguns in their locked vehicles parked on campus, the university’s cost estimate is beyond absurd. The number of UH dorm residents with concealed handgun licenses can be estimated using statistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

According to Austin NBC news affiliate KXAN, only 2.5% of the students living on campus at UT-Austin are 21 or older. According to the UT-Austin website, the university has an on-campus housing capacity of 6,956. If we take 2.5% of 6,956, that’s 174 on-campus residents who are 21 or older. Because 9.5% of UT-Austin students are foreign nationals, we’re looking at about 157 who are eligible for a Texas CHL. If we use the rate (1.3%) at which Texans age 21-23 are licensed to carry a concealed handgun, to estimate how many of those 157 students are CHL holders, we can calculate that there are approximately two CHL holders living in on-campus housing at UT-Austin.

According to a 2013 article in the Houston Chronicle, UH has a dorm capacity of 8,008 students, which is just 15% greater than that of UT-Austin. Assuming that the demographic makeup of UH is comparable to that of UT, we can estimate that UH has between two and three CHL holders living in on-campus dorms (2.4 using the exact percentages from UT; 2.6 if we don’t discount for foreign nationals). This means the University of Houston claims to need between $400,000 and $1.5 million per year per handgun.

Welch quipped, “The university could save at least fifty percent by buying each of the CHL holders a house to live in.”

 

CONTACT:

Madison D. Welch, Southwest Regional Director, Students for Concealed Carry (SCC)
madison.welch@concealedcampus.org

SCC Board of Directors: organizers@concealedcampus.org

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Shannon Watts: Dishonest or Oblivious?

by Zachary Zalneraitis on March 4, 2015

MDA Colorado

Shannon Watts’ organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America has recently launched an all out attack against campus concealed carry.

But can you trust her? Is she credible?

She claims that campus carry will make campuses less safe and has even bemoaned the push in several states to allow campus carry. One of the states she mentioned in this “push” is Colorado.

We find this claim that campus carry in Colorado is something new very curious.

Colorado has allowed campus concealed carry for more than ten years with Colorado State University allowing it since 2003. In fact, in a decision three years ago, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed the state protected right to concealed carry on all of Colorado’s public university campuses. Furthermore, we recently defeated a bill to ban campus concealed carry in that state as well as a ballot initiative to do the same.

We also question her statement that campus concealed carry is something women don’t want.

Katherine Whitney, a third year law student led the charge to defeat the Colorado bill. A poll by the Denver Post showed that 86% of respondents favored campus concealed carry.  Even Shannon’s own daughter Abigail has attended Colorado State.

So which is it Ms. Watts? Do you not know the law you are lobbying against? Or is it that campus concealed carry isn’t as bad as you claim?

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IF CAMPUS CARRY WOULD COST UT SYSTEM TENS OF MILLIONS, WHY DOES UT-AUSTIN ESTIMATE ITS COST AT ZERO?

March 1, 2015

If the University of Texas System honestly believes that Texas Senate Bill 11, the “campus carry” bill authored by Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), would cost (http://is.gd/YzFo7U) the system $39 million over six years, why did the system’s flagship university—UT-Austin, which serves more than 51,000 students—submit a fiscal note claiming that it expects to incur zero […]

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TEXAS UNIVERSITIES USE FABRICATED EXPENSES TO CAST DOUBT ON CAMPUS CARRY

February 28, 2015

Austin, TX – February 22 – During the 2011 Texas Legislative Session, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) announced on the Senate floor that, according to the administrators of colleges in his district, then-pending legislation to legalize the licensed concealed carry of handguns on Texas college campuses would cost those institutions millions of dollars in increased insurance […]

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Firearms and racism

January 22, 2015

Recent coverage of the policies enacted at an Arkansas shooting range operated by firearms instructor and speaker Jan Morgan have prompted us to address the issue of discrimination within the firearms community. The policies referenced suggest discrimination and denial of self-defense training by this business based on race alone. As students, we are similarly denied […]

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Students for Concealed Carry Forms Charitable Foundation

December 11, 2014

The nation’s oldest and largest college student Second Amendment advocacy group recently formed a tax-exempt entity. As of September 10th, 2014, Students for Concealed Carry Foundation (SCCF) became recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, and donations to SCCF are tax-deductible. The sister organization, Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), will […]

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