Bill would allow concealed firearms on campus


A bill filed in the Texas Senate Thursday would allow concealed firearms on university campuses.

The bill, co-authored by 14 senators including state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, would allow concealed carry license holders to carry concealed handguns while on campus and would prevent universities from establishing rules prohibiting concealed carry.

A similar bill was proposed during the previous legislative session but did not pass.

President William Powers Jr. opposed the previous bill and will oppose the bill filed Thursday, UT spokesperson Gary Susswein said.

"He continues to oppose the idea of guns on campus," Susswein said. "His position has not changed."