Texas: Senate Committee to Consider Campus Carry and Open Carry Bills this Week!

On Thursday, the Texas Senate Committee on State Affairs will consider two NRA-supported measures:

Senate Bill 11, sponsored by state Senator Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), would remove restrictions in state law that prohibit law-abiding adult Concealed Handgun Licensees from protecting themselves on college and university campuses.

Senate Bill 17, sponsored by state Senator Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), a proposal removing the requirement that CHLs keep their handguns concealed and gives them the option of carrying them either wholly or partially visible in a belt or shoulder holster.  Note: SB 17 is identical to SB 346 introduced by Senator Estes; the language from SB 346 was re-filed this week and assigned a lower bill number by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, signifying that this issue is of high importance in the Texas Senate.

Please contact State Affairs Committee members and urge them to support both SB 11 and SB 17.  Contact information for committee members can be found here.  Be sure to thank those Senators who co-authored each bill; a list of co-authors is available for Senate Bill 11 and Senate Bill 17.