Texas has now approved the open carry law to include university campuses.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott stopped into a gun range this past Saturday to sign two bills into law making open carry legal basically everywhere.
Abbott was at Red’s Indoor Range in Pflugerville where he said the laws mean Texans can be sure their Second Amendment rights will be stronger and more secure than ever before. This legislation was at the top of his priority list in his first legislative session as governor.
Campus carry does carve out “gun-free zones” that schools can apply to certain areas, but they won’t be able to keep guns off the entire campus as many top state universities desired. The “gun-free zones” was a concession that opponents to the bill were able to negotiate.
To obtain a concealed carry in Texas you must be at least 21 years of age meaning most college students will not be eligible to carry themselves. Here are a few things Abbott said while signing the bill.
Open carry was approved on May 29 by Texas lawmakers and reversed an open carry ban that had been installed post civil war.
This new bill added that police can ask Texans with handguns in plain sight if they have proper licenses. The bill also requires anyone wanting to open carry to be 21, pass a background check, and receive classroom and shooting range instruction. Although, the requirements for this have been weakened since 2011.
Texas has about 850,000 concealed handgun license holders, a number that has increased dramatically in the last few years. The state also recognizes concealed handgun licenses issued in more than 40 states, and license holders from those states will be allowed to openly carry their weapons in Texas.