The lower chamber's Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee voted 6-3 along party lines on Tuesday to send House Bill 937 by state Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, to the full House. The bill allows licensed handgun owners to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses, a controversial proposal that has been criticized by some high-ranking university officials.
University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven penned a letter to lawmakers in January expressing his concern that allowing guns on college campuses “will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds.”
McRaven and others have suggested gun-wielding students might intimidate classmates and professors to the point of affecting their freedom of speech.
“If you’re in a heated debate with somebody in the middle of a classroom, and you don’t know whether or not that individual is carrying, how does that inhibit the interaction between students and faculty?” McRaven asked at a Texas Tribune event in February.