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Campus carry passes abruptly in the House before deadline

The Texas House of Representatives passed the campus carry bill late Tuesday night at the Capitol.

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.

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.”