AUSTIN (KXAN) - It is time to start thinking about your child's future. For many parents, that means touring a college campus.
"I'm going to definitely miss her, she's my only child," said Joann Dickerson.
Dickerson and her senior, Julie, drove down from Rockwall to the University of Texas in Austin on Friday. They took in the traditions… and learned about state lawmakers' efforts to allow guns into college classrooms.
Mother and daughter disagree.
"I do think it's fine to carry a gun and have your license to carry, but I don't think students should have guns on campus," said Joann.
Julie replied, "If you have it for safety reasons or anything like that and you're a lawful citizen, then I think it would be okay."
It is not the first time Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, has pushed "guns on campus" legislation, but it has failed in the past.
"This is an opportunity to affirm a freedom," he told KXAN in May.
In a letter this week to Gov. Rick Perry, Birdwell asked him to add the measure to the latest special session. So far, he has not filed legislation.
"Texans are being stripped of their God-given Constitutional right to self-defense simply because they have set foot on a college campus," Birdwell wrote.
Despite his strong pro-gun, NRA-supporting stance, the governor has yet to respond to the letter or KXAN questions.
A 2010 gunman on campus was not part of the UT tour, but Joann Dickerson said she knows the story well.
"I don't think a student with a gun could have helped that," she said. "I think maybe more police presence might have."
"But you know, I've done my job, so it's time for her to go on," she added.
So far, the governor has directed lawmakers to only tackle transportation funding this third special session. Even if he does not add campus carry to the call, it still might have a chance.
Many lawmakers also want to see him add TRBs - tuition revenue bonds to fund construction on college campuses across the state. Some believe there might be attempts to add campus carry to that bill, but others say the topic is not germane.
On Friday, Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, requested that Perry add "campus carry" among a handful of other conservative items to the special session call.
Similar plans to allow guns in college classrooms in the past have required a concealed handgun license. So does a new law that goes into effect next month to allow students with proper licenses to keep guns in their cars on college campuses.
Where you may not legally carry a concealed handgun in Texas
- On the premises of a business that derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption
- On the premises of a school or educational institution.
- Any grounds or building where a high school, collegiate, or professional sporting or interscholastic event – or any activity sponsored by an educational institution – is taking place.
- A vehicle of a school or educational institution, whether the school is public or private
- On the premises of a business or privately owned property that displays signs prohibiting concealed handguns (based on criminal trespass laws)
- On the premises of a hospital or nursing home (unless licensee has written authorization)
- In an amusement park
- On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other place of worship
- At any meeting of a governmental entity
- On the premises of any government court
- On the premises of polling places on the day of an election or during early voting
- On the premises of a racetrack
- Past the security area of an airport
- On the premises of a correctional facility
- Within 1,000 feet of premises designated as a place of execution on the day of a death sentence.
- It is illegal to carry a concealed handgun if you are intoxicated.
- Where you may legally carry a concealed handgun in Texas
Where you may legally carry a concealed handgun in Texas
- The handgun carrier's own premises or premises under their control
- Inside the handgun carrier's vehicle
- On private property where the owner consents
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