In February we published a blog about a Florida bill that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses in the state. Now Fox 26 in Houston reports that a similar bill is halfway through the state legislature. If passed, the law would allow those with a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry weapons on public college and university campuses.
According to the report, if the bill becomes law, the only those who are licensed could legally have concealed weapons on campus. And in order to obtain the CHL license, they have to meet state requirements as well as pass a background check.
Bill supporters believe that the legislation would help prevent crime on campus, whereas critics argue that risks will increase if the bill passes.
Andy Pelosi, director of the campaign Keep Guns off Campus was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor article about the subject. He said in 2015, 15 states introduced bills that would allow weapons on campus. Of these, four bills were defeated, and the biggest states still considering the legislation are Florida, Texas and Nevada.