BREAKING: Campus Carry PASSES in Texas

Austin, Texas state house (courtesy 900congress.com)

Moments ago, we received word that SB-11 (Campus Carry) has finally passed the Texas House, clearing the last legislative hurdle before heading to the governor’s pen. The bill was dangerously close to falling off the end of Texas’ short semi-annual legislative session, but it has now officially passed in both chambers and moves on to the Governor for his signature when he has a spare moment. The bill has changed since its first introduction as STB outlined yesterday, but its still a step in the right direction in texas.

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  1. avatar marvin2584 says:

    Congrats Texas

  2. avatar Ray Ficara says:

    Here comes the wailing and gnashing of teeth.

  3. avatar James says:

    I sense a great disturbance in the force. As if thousands of university professors and administrators cried out in terror, the suddenly silenced. I think something wonderful has happened.

    1. avatar Sanchanim says:

      Ding ding ding we have a winner!

    2. avatar Accur81 says:

      Excellent! If you are running for POTUS you get my vote!

    3. avatar Garrison Hall says:

      Ummm, then there are all the professors, admins, and staff who carried despite the “gun-free” notices. After 9-11, Virginia Poly, and Sandy Hook more than a few college and university folks took a long, hard look at their survivability chances and very discretely armed themselves. The libtards would freak out, of course, but ain’t nobody who’s carryn’ saying nothin’.

  4. avatar Ed says:

    #GunTotingBabies shall bathe in your liberal tears, you astroturfing Stepford Moms!!!

    1. avatar Daily Beatings says:

  5. avatar Pete S. says:

    God job Texas! Overall, YAWN. Antis think that they’ll be drunken frat boys waving handguns all over campus, while pro gun people think campus will become crime free utopias. In reality just about diddly squat will happen other than a super small percentage of students will carry on campus and no one will know.

    1. avatar Chip Bennett says:

      …and perhaps a non-trivial percentage of non-student visitors (parents, etc.), who may also be present on campus now without being made into unarmed victims.

    2. avatar Cliff H says:

      As with almost all areas of concealed carry, the important thing is not to be able to shoot the bad guys, but to make them think, nay BELIEVE that there is no free lunch anymore just because you are planning to victimize college-age people on or near a campus.

      As of now they have to stop and wonder, will this be an easy liberal mark or is this son of a bitch going to shoot me?

      1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

        Exactly.

        An armed citizenry is an incredible deterrent.

        BG’s like EASY targets; they don’t like calculated risk. They like the perception of ZERO risk.

        Make their risk non-zero, even by a little bit, and the choice is “no go” most of the time. Cf. William Aprill on the topic of “thin slicing” as it relates to victim selection.

  6. avatar Dave357 says:

    So, will Nevada take cue from its passage in TX and allow vote on their campus carry bill?

  7. So how long before the media starts hysterically screaming about blood in the streets?

    1. avatar juliesa says:

      Tomorrow morning at the latest. The classrooms will be knee deep in blood!

    2. Some legislators, particularly Rep. Allen, already made some astonishingly bold “blood in the streets” claims during testimony today before the bill was finally passed. I am sure you will see it in the media tonight and tomorrow, or you can go to my writeup on the House passing this bill for a few excerpts.

  8. avatar stateisevil says:

    I haven’t examined the bill but fear it will be useless. Criminal penalties apply to carrying in areas the school wants to ban. We will see, but I see campuses being patchworks of “ok” and “no go” zones. Storage is not a part of the bill so if you have to go in or through a zone, the gun stays in the car. Or, probably even more commonly, it stays at home because of campus parking considerations.

    1. avatar RockOnHellChild says:

      Private vehicle are already covered under castle doctrine.

  9. avatar Ralph says:

    Crush your enemies. See Bloomberg driven before you. Hear the lamentations of the Mothers Demanding Hormone Replacement Therapy. That’s what’s best in life.

    1. avatar dirk diggler says:

      Ralph wins the interwebz today

    2. avatar B says:

      I heard the Robot Chicken version, with full singing and dancing. It was glorious.

  10. avatar SteveInCO says:

    More good news for Texas!

  11. avatar Chris T from KY says:

    Perhaps this will frighten progressives out of moving to Texas.

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      “Perhaps this will frighten progressives out of moving to Texas.”

      No. a Progressive if anything is stubborn.

      Full-Stupid Stubborn…

      1. avatar Unknown Prosecutor says:

        One of the UT admins actually argued that Texas universities might be at a disadvantage in hiring professors if the law passed… If you are that feeble-minded, perhaps we don’t need you to teach here….

  12. avatar Rich K. says:

    Texas does it right again!

  13. avatar tufty says:

    Beaucoup progressive butt-hurt in 3… 2… 1….

    1. avatar Geoff PR says:

      And the muffled pops of Progressive heads exploding…

  14. avatar juliesa says:

    Whoop!

    I think they passed it just to stop me from pestering them.

    Raising a glass right now. Here’s to Texas and to all of you here who fought for this!

    1. avatar SteveInCO says:

      I figured you’d be pleased. Based on your comments here it was your “favorite” stupid thing about Texas law.

  15. avatar JohnO says:

    Yay! Another step in the right direction.

  16. avatar Model 31 says:

    ok for the next session in two years:
    Reduce / Eliminate GFZs
    Remove force of law for 30.06 signs
    Move Constitution carry forward

    1. While the current law (HB910) did not remove the force of law from the 30.06 & 30.07 signs, it did greatly reduce the penalty, from a Class A misdemeanor (one step below a felony) to a Class C misdemeanor (about the same as a traffic ticket).

      Jonathan Stickland released a video celebrating the passage of open carry and promising to take up the fight for constitutional carry in the next session.

      1. avatar Model 31 says:

        “greatly reduce the penalty”
        Good to know.

  17. avatar Gene says:

    U of Dallas’ Tom Okeefe is huddled under his desk rocking back and forth because Police and criminals are not the only armed ones.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      And resolutely refusing to consider that according to law he has as much right as those students on his campus to carry a concealed weapon for his own protection.

  18. avatar Eagle says:

    HB 554. Congrats for those with bad memory and careless as well.
    Was at a gun show last weekend in Cedar Park and already a group taking petition signatures for constitution open carry in Tx legislation 2 years from now.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Maybe a petition to convene a special session?

      1. avatar Eagle says:

        Let’s give Watkins and constitution carry movement a couple years to gear up to entertain us and legislators again. If they shut up and not go Rambo again we just may get constitution carry in next session.

  19. avatar Garrison Hall says:

    Meanwhile, Obama is planning new BATF gun-control measures to be enacted by executive decree? This is not going to be pretty.

    1. avatar Cliff H says:

      Enacted by royal fiat or not, they still have to figure out how to enforce them. A whole lot of state and local LEOs may not view feds harassing the locals over unconstitutional federal gun regulations lightly.

      Just because the imperial president writes a decree does not automatically give the federal agents carte blanche authority and trump all state laws.

      1. avatar Dave357 says:

        It does when it comes to who passes the background check at a federally licensed dealer.

        1. avatar JR_in_NC says:

          But not for the MILLIONS of folks that already own guns.

  20. avatar BDub says:

    Where do I get my street assignment? I have my bucket of blood and I just want to do my part.

    /sarc

  21. avatar John Franco says:

    Way to go Texas legislators! Congratulations to the citizens of Texas!

  22. avatar Silver says:

    Call me a pessimist, but the only thing I’m thinking is how long until some brainwashed leftist student stages some false flag stunt, like leaving a gun on a bench or wearing it openly, doing something reckless, and calling himself an NRA member.

    Being proven wrong is simply unacceptable to leftist fascists. Things have to go their way, even if they have to distort it to make it fit.

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