Student Second Amendment Rights Bill Advances
Right to store legal firearm in locked car on campus passes Senate
With last session's passage of Senate Bill 321, Senator Hegar ensured that Texans can provide for their personal protection by having a legal firearm in their vehicle as they travel to and from work by prohibiting company policies that would restrict storage in locked personal vehicles while at work. On Tuesday, April 30th, Senate Bill 1907 passed the Texas Senate, and with that Texas college students got a step closer to gaining the right to store legal firearms in their locked vehicles while on campus.
While some colleges recognize the need for students to be in a position to protect themselves by having a legal firearm at their side while traveling to and from campus, others have adopted overly restrictive policies that prohibit firearms on campus, even in locked personal vehicles. Senate Bill 1907 would prohibit Texas colleges and universities from adopting or enforcing policies to prevent students with valid Texas Concealed Handgun Licenses from storing legal firearms in their locked vehicles while on campus.
The bill recognizes the clear inequity that exists under current law--while all university employees and members of the public are legally permitted to store legal firearms in their personal vehicles on campus, students at some universities in Texas face sanctions as serious as expulsion simply for having a legal firearm locked in their private vehicle on university property.
"This is a simple matter of fairness. Why should everyone but the student have the right to protect themself as they travel to and from campus?," said Senator Hegar. "I applaud the schools that already recognize this need and want to remove the unnecessary restriction of Second Amendment rights we unfortunately see at some Texas colleges."
Senate Bill 1907 now heads to the Texas House of Representatives, where it will be considered in committee and by the full House. With 100 affirmative votes there, it will head to the governor's desk, with only his signature needed for it to become law.
Senator Hegar served two terms in the Texas House of Representatives and now represents Senate District 18 in the Texas Senate. Senate District 18 contains over one-third of the Texas coastline. He is a sixth generation Texan, and earns a living farming on land that has been in his family since the mid-1800s. He currently resides in Katy, Texas with his wife Dara, and their three children, Claire, Julia, and Jonah.