Should guns be allowed on college campuses?

Texas Representative John Smithee
Texas Representative John Smithee

Kristen Guilfoos
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, Texas - College students and professors in Texas could soon be able to carry concealed weapons on campus.

There are at least three bills that have already been filed dealing with concealed carry on campus, and we're just two weeks into the legislative session.

If any of them pass, it would mean anyone 21 or older, with a permit, could add college campus to the list of places you can already carry a concealed weapon, places like churches, malls, banks, even the state capitol in Austin. Similar bills have been filed during the past few legislative sessions, but some local lawmakers think this time will be different.

Texas Representative John Smithee says, "There is a very real possibility that legislation like that could pass this time. Many times we will have a concept or an idea that will require two, three, maybe 4 sessions before it finally becomes law. I know that was the case in the mid 90s with the original concealed handgun legislation."

Situations like the shooting at the University of Texas a few months ago, where the gunman brought a weapon on campus and opened fire, are re-awakening some of the past interest in the concealed carry laws.