The need exists, but the cure is too narrow.
Three bills have been filed in the House that would remove some of the off-limits areas for some, but not all, people who have a Texas Concealed Handgun License (CHL). The areas involved would depend upon the CHL holder’s job title and duties. The specific bills are not identified in this article, as the focal point is not a particular bill or location, but the concept of removing off-limits areas for some CHL holders while retaining them for all others.
Campus-carry and open-carry are on the fast-track in the Senate
One thing is certain, our new Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is not afraid to lead off this session with the two most emotionally charged gun bills. Campus-carry (SB11 by Birdwell) and open-carry (SB17 by Estes) are scheduled for public hearing in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Thursday, February 12, 2015. SB11 (campus-carry) has a total of 19 “authors,” enough to get the bill to the Senate floor for debate and for it to pass. SB17 (open-carry) has a total of 12 “authors” and it likely has the support of Senators who have not or will not formally “sign on” to SB17.
Remember what your Mom taught you about flies, honey and vinegar?
No issue in recent legislative history has generated as much emotion and acrimony as has open-carry. Generally speaking, there are three identifiable groups of people with a stake in the outcome of the legislative efforts to pass open-carry. Those groups will be identified, but it is necessary to first define the two different forms of open-carry legislation being considered in the 2015 Texas Legislative Session.