The bill’s primary author, Senator Brian Birdwell,said the bill is about preserving the 2nd Amendment.
“This affords CHL holders, one of the most lawful group of citizens in our state, to be able exercise that 2nd amendment right to go on to the campus of higher learning to be able defend themselves and protect their right to self-preservation, God forbid, some act of evil be perpetrated,” Birdwell said.
If passed, the bill would allow CHL holders to bring concealed weapons onto public universities. Private universities could choose to go gun-free.
“It does respect the private property rights of the private institutions, and they have the opportunities to opt-out of the requirements,” Birdwell said. “So we do want to respect the private institutions private property rights.”
The bill also gives some say to universities on where students can and cannot bring their concealed weapons.