Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) would allow those with a concealed handgun license to carry firearms on all public colleges and universities. The bill passed in the House 101-47. SB 11 still awaits a third reading and approval by the Texas Senate. The bill will then move into conference committee before reaching Governor Greg Abbott’s desk. SB 11 is not yet a law and awaits further vote.
The Texas House of Representatives passed the campus carry bill late Tuesday night at the Capitol.
A rushed vote on SB 11 canceled over 100 Democratic amendments intended to kill the bill before the midnight deadline.
House members struck a deal, and as a result the Democrats voluntarily pulled their 100 amendments from the bill after Republicans agreed to allow for university officials to create gun-free zones on campuses.
House Democrats used various tactics throughout the day to stall a floor vote on SB 11 prior to its introduction. Debate on SB 11 was originally halted after Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, raised a third point of order on the bill.
House Republicans already had an agreement signed by 25 House members that would cut off debate should the Democrats continue to pursue time-wasting tactics.
“The idea that this bill will result in any increase in violence is unfounded,” said Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress.
Fletcher, along with other House Republicans, grew frustrated with the Democratic efforts to run the clock out on SB 11.
“We don’t need guns to feel safe,” said Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg. “My community does not want this.”