AUSTIN (KXAN) — The 85th Legislative Session is just weeks away from beginning and when it comes to gun related bills so far 37 have been filed with most focusing on gun safety.
One of the big bills that passed during the last legislative session concerned concealed carry on college campuses. This year, State Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has proposed two pieces of legislation that would allow universities to opt out of campus carry just like private universities. The second bill says cities with more than 750,000 people can pass an ordinance prohibiting open carry.
Another bill that appeared last legislative session is coming back for a second try. State Rep. Jonathan Strickland, R-Bedford wants to allow anyone to carry a legally owned firearm without having to obtain a state issued license, take a government mandated safety course, or pay a licensing fee. Strickland calls it constitutional carry because of the Second Amendment. During the 2015 legislative session it never made it to a committee hearing which is the first step in moving a bill forward.
Advocates for gun safety encourage everyone to get involved.
“It always helps to call your members and tell them you care,” said Andrea Brauer, Ex. Dir. Texas Gun Sense. “Members need to hear from their constituents throughout Texas. These issues are often framed as an us against them or an anti-gun verse pro-gun, it doesn’t have to be that way.”
Other bills include three Republican legislators, Sen. Bob Hall of Edgewood, Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth and Rep. Mark Keough of The Woodlands, each filed proposals that would prohibit Texas from enforcing federal limitations or regulations on the possession of firearms.
HB560, relates to the places where a person may carry a handgun if the person is licensed to carry.
The legislative session begins Jan. 10 and runs until the end of May.