Will legislators vote for guns on campus?

Will legislators vote for guns on campus?

TYLER (KYTX) - After a stabbing on a Texas college campus last month and a shooting at a Texas college in January, a senate bill aims to arm students just in case.

It was passed this week and moves on to the house.

But not everyone wants students with gun licenses, to keep their weapons locked in their cars at school.

The bill passed by the senate would allow for students to keep a gun inside their car, if they lock it up.

There's a similar bill circulating the house now that isn't as specific in wording.

Either way, it's got students talking safety at UT Tyler.

Students rush to class, getting ready to finish the semester.

Mikayla Adkison doesn't worry about what may be inside a car in the parking lot.

"It's fine really, in my opinion, and as long as keeping it safe in their car," says Adkison.

She's talking about a bill that could allow students with a concealed handgun license to keep a gun inside their cars at public and private colleges and universities.

Teachers are already allowed to keep pistols in their cars with a license.

Adkison says she'd feel safe, even if the bill were to pass.

"The guy next to you could have a gun, and you don't know," says Austin Scaffer.

Freshman Austin Schaffer doesn't agree.

"I don't think it's a good idea. If a gun falls into the wrong hands, could be just an accident, lot of trouble could happen," says Schaffer.

If the bill passes and students can keep a gun in their car, you wouldn't want to leave it out to be seen. Maybe opt under the seat, or in the glovebox, under lock and key.

A chancellor with the University of Texas system sent a letter to Governor perry last month stating , "during my tenure as chancellor, parents, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and institutional law enforcement officers have all expressed concern that the presence of concealed handguns on our campuses will make our campus environment less safe."

"I feel really safe," says Adkison.

A dividing line drawn for students.

"That's crazy," says Schaffer.

Waiting to see if legislators will give this bill the green light.

That letter sent to the governor says mental health professionals on campuses say the idea could lead to more self-inflicted gun wounds, and security officers say it could cause many problems as well.

The house will vote on the bill Saturday.


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