Press Release from the Office of State Senator Craig Estes, District 30

For Immediate Release
May 20, 2009
Contact: Jody Withers
(512) 463-0130

Texas Senate Passes Campus Protection Act

Austin — TThe Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1164, Joint-Authored by State Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), to allow concealed handgun license holders to carry a concealed weapon into college or university buildings.

"I believe our state's concealed handgun law has made our citizens safer, and I see no reason to believe that concealed handgun license holders who must be at least 21 years old, have passed a criminal background check, completed state required training and licensing would be any less responsible in their discretion to carry a firearm on a college campus than they are in any other area currently open to concealed firearms," said Estes.

Current law allows concealed handguns to be carried on college or university campuses, but prohibits taking concealed handguns into campus buildings. Senate Bill 1164 would allow legally carried concealed weapons to be carried into campus buildings.

The bill also allows the governing body of the college or university to regulate how a gun must be stored in student housing, and does not change current law prohibiting guns at sporting events.

Senate Bill 1164 will now be sent to the House for further consideration.

Senator Estes is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and represents Senate District 30 covering Archer, Baylor, Clay, Collin (part), Cooke, Denton (part), Grayson, Jack, Montague, Parker, Palo Pinto, Shackelford, Stephens, Throckmorton, Wichita, Wilbarger, Wise, and Young counties.