Texas House Expected To Vote on Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

Texas House Expected To Vote on Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

By Alexa Williams
NewsWest 9

The Texas House is suppose to make a decision on Tuesday on a highly debated measure, should concealed handguns should be allowed on college campuses or not?

Most students NewsWest 9 talked to on Tuesday were all for concealed handguns on college campuses but not everyone agreed. It's been an ongoing debate that will hopefully have a final vote by Wednesday.

"If you're going to have concealed hand weapons in Texas, it doesn't matter if it's at the grocery store or your school, it's the same thing," said Breanna Hardin, a UTPB student.

Hardin is just one of many students at UTPB NewsWest 9 talked to on Tuesday. She said she's all for concealed handguns on school grounds. 

"I think for some people it would bring security."

"We've had robberies throughout the area close to this side of town so I think it would be a great idea to have them," said Edgar Erives, another UTPB student.

Back in March, the measure was quickly approved by the Senate. If the House gives it the go ahead, the bill will be sent to Governor Greg Abbott to sign into law. Although most students NewsWest 9 spoke to were all for gun rights, some are on the fence.

"I don't know if college kids are the most mature people that are out there," said Owen Trott, a UTPB student.

Gun rights activists say the bill is great for self-defense but opponents have argued that it will actually do the opposite. Making campuses less safe. Keep in mind if it does pass, people would have to go through the proper requirements to get a concealed handgun license, including a criminal background check and proper training.