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Students for Concealed Carry is a student-run, national, non-partisan organization which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses in the United States as an effective means of self-defense.

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Texas SB 11 headed to Governor Abbott’s desk

by Zachary Zalneraitis on May 31, 2015

May 31 – Austin, Texas – As the Texas Legislative session draws to a close, Senate Bill 11, relating to campus carry, has passed the concurrence vote in the Texas House by a vote of 98-47. While the final version of the bill still allows the President or other chief officer of a college to ban carry in buildings on campus using 30.06 signs, it removes the blanket prohibition from the state level, which is an excellent first step. It also reduces the penalty for inadvertently carrying in a prohibited area from a 3rd degree felony to a 1st degree misdemeanor.

Students for Concealed Carry would like to thank everyone involved for their efforts to pass this bill including Senator Birdwell and Representative Fletcher for spearheading the bills, as well as the NRA, Texas State Rifle Association and Texas Carry for continuing to lobby for the right to self-defense for all Texans.

We are looking forward to the next few years as concerned students lobby their university administrators and regents to not ban carry on individual campuses, as well as the 2017 Legislative Session where we will work to finish the job and ensure licensed, law abiding adults are not prohibited from defending themselves simply because they choose to pursue higher education.

 

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ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY — Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com.

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AUSTIN, TX - As if to illustrate the disconnect between opponents of campus carry and the current laws governing licensed concealed carry in Texas, the group UT Students Against Guns on Campus plans to hold an anti-campus carry rally in an area of the UT-Austin campus where the licensed concealed carry of handguns is already legal.

The “Oppose Guns on Campus” rally—advertised on a Facebook event page emblazoned with the slogan “KEEP GUNS OFF THE UT CAMPUS!”—was scheduled to take place at 5 PM Tuesday, April 28, in the west mall rally space on the UT-Austin campus. Because current Texas gun laws do not classify the publicly accessible outdoor areas of a college campus (e.g., UT-Austin’s west mall rally space) as part of the “premises” of the college, and because this event is not sponsored by UT, nothing in the Texas Penal Code would prohibit a concealed handgun license (CHL) holder from carrying a concealed handgun at the rally.

Madison Welch, Southwest regional director for Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), quipped, “In case it wasn’t already clear how little these anti-campus carry activists understand about the issue they’re protesting, they’ve chosen an area of campus where concealed carry is already allowed, to give speeches about how dangerous campus would be if concealed carry were allowed.”

If the campus carry legislation pending before the Texas Legislature were to become law, the firearm restrictions in campus buildings would still be much more stringent than are the current firearm restrictions in UT-Austin’s west mall rally space. Under the proposed campus carry law, only trained, licensed, carefully screened adults (age 21 or above) would be allowed to carry concealed handguns in campus buildings. Under the current law, any non-felon over the age of 18 may lawfully possess a long gun (rifle or shotgun) in the publicly accessible outdoor areas of campus. Welch noted, “One of the rally goers could choose to hang her protest sign from the barrel of an AK-47, and she wouldn’t be in violation of the law.”

Despite the irony of the location chosen for this anti-campus carry rally, SCC has no plans to encourage members to carry concealed handguns at the rally. Furthermore, SCC leaders chose to withhold this press release until just three hours before the rally, so as to avoid inspiring a counter-protest by radical factions of the state’s (unrelated) open carry movement, some of whom have a history of carrying long guns to events sponsored by gun-control organizations. Welch explained, “SCC’s mission is to educate, not intimidate, those who oppose us. There is no need for any type of counter-protest—the very existence of this rally belies the argument that licensed concealed carry threatens free speech on college campuses.”

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ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY — Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com.

RELATED: http://tinyurl.com/scc-2015-texas-handout | http://tinyurl.com/texas-chl-requirements | http://tinyurl.com/chl-tx-prohibited-locations

Nothing in this press release should be construed as legal advice.

 

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OPPONENTS OF CAMPUS CARRY ASSUME VOTERS HAVE SHORT ATTENTION SPANS

March 19, 2015

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 […]

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Shannon Watts: Dishonest or Oblivious?

March 4, 2015

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 […]

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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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