A group that represents Texas college and university police chiefs is the latest to come out against a bill that would allow students to carry concealed handguns onto college campuses, News Radio 1200 WOAI's Morgan Montalvo reports.
Felipe Garza, President of the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators, says there are 'too many uncertainties' of college life, from being away from school for the first time, to the stress of college, to the temptations of drugs and alcohol. Garza says he is also worried about the security of the guns which are taken into college dorms and campuses.
"That may cause, if they have a handgun present or nearby, they would steal it from someone they know, and that would cause potential problems," he said.
University of Texas System Chancellor Admiral William McRaven last week wrote a strongly worded letter to college presidents telling them that campus carry is a real bad idea.
Garza is echoing those sentiments. He says having concealed guns in the close quarters where college students live and study would cause major problems.
"If they are potentially weapons carriers, they have no way of securing that, or keeping those weapons safe, or preventing somebody else from using those weapons in a moment of anger and distress," he said.
Garza is also concerned that, in those close quarters, if there were a disturbance with a gun, officers who have to make split second decisions would have trouble determining exactly who the good guy and who the bad guy is.
The bold agenda of Second Amendment advocates who came into the current session with such high hopes appears to be circling the drain. Lieutenant Governor an Patrick says an 'open carry' bill...to allow citizens to carry weapons out in the open whether they have a permit or not, doesn't have the votes to pass the Senate.
In fact, the alleged 'bullying' of Eagle Pass Democrat Poncho Navarez by an open carry backer has given new life to previously dispirited minority Democrats, with many wearing buttons reading 'I an Poncho.'