Friday, December 5, 2008

Texas may consider CCW on school campuses

From the Lone Star state:
North Lake College professor Tim Gottleber fears for the safety of his students if an active shooter were to arrive on campus.

Gottleber, a registered concealed handgun license holder in the state of Texas, said that current Texas law would prevent him from effectively protecting his students.

"The best thing I've been told to do was turn off the lights, have kids turn off their cell phones, and sit in the dark and wait and hope he doesn't pick you," Gottleber said. "That's unacceptable. That's not protecting my students; especially when I have the means to protect those students, and the skill to protect those students, but I'm not allowed to protect those students because I'm not allowed to have the means to do that on campus."

The Texas Penal Code, Chapter 46.03 section (a), states that "a person commits an offense if the person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possesses or goes with a firearm … on the physical premises of a school or educational institution."

But State Representative Joe Driver (R, Garland) is drafting a new bill for the upcoming 81st Texas Legislative Session that would, if enacted, allow persons with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns in higher education buildings.

"Texans with concealed-carry licenses have proven the fact that they are responsible to carry," Driver said. "It's kind of crazy that they step over an imaginary line and can't carry anymore.

"People who don't care about breaking the law are going to carry [on campus] anyway."
Driver is optimistic the legislature will pass his bill.

Article here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

any one with common sense knows criminals do not obey the law. any law abiding CHL licensee should be able to carry in any school premises without fear from legal action since he may be the only defense at a given moment to stop criminal activity as a shooting where many may be injured or killed. jf CHL instructor