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HB 972 - Authorizes Concealed Handguns on Higher Education Campuses - Key Vote

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Legislation - Referred to Committee (Senate) -
Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (102-41) - (Key vote)

Title: Authorizes Concealed Handguns on Higher Education Campuses

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that authorizes the possession of concealed handguns on campuses of higher education, effective January 1, 2014.

Highlights:
  • Authorizes an individual with a concealed handgun license to possess a concealed handgun on the premises of an “institution of higher education” (Sec. 3).
  • Authorizes the president or other chief executive of an “institution of higher education” to adopt written rules prohibiting license holders from carrying handguns on premises owned or leased and operated by the institution after consulting with students, staff, faculty, and law enforcement (Sec. 1).
  • Defines “institution of higher education” as any public university, technical institute, junior college, medical unit, or public state college (Sec. 1).
  • Prohibits an institution of higher education or a private institution from adopting or enforcing any rule prohibiting a student who holds a concealed handgun license from transporting or storing a handgun in a privately owned motor vehicle on a campus street or parking area (Sec. 1).
  • Requires private, independent, or public institutions of higher education that do not prohibit license holders from carrying concealed handguns to adopt written regulations regarding the following means of handgun possession (Sec. 1):
    • The storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities that are owned or leased and operated by the institution; and
    • The carrying of concealed handguns by license holders at collegiate sporting events or other official gatherings that take place on grounds or buildings owned or leased and operated by the institution.
  • Prohibits individuals from possessing a concealed handgun on the following premises if they are located on the grounds or premises of a private, independent, or public institution of higher education (Secs. 1 & 3):
    • A preschool, elementary school or secondary school;
    • A hospital; or
    • A national biocontainment laboratory.
  • Rep. Robert Guerra is not listed on the vote breakdown because his vote failed to register. His intention was to vote 'Yea'.
  • Rep. Bennett Ratliff is not listed on the vote breakdown because he was excused for important business. His intention was to vote ‘Yea’.
  • Rep. Hubert Vo is not listed on the vote breakdown because his vote does not accurately reflect his intention; he initially voted 'Yea' and changed his vote to 'Nay' after the roll call.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Concealed Handguns on Higher Education Campuses

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