I've posted before about the legislation in Texas that will allow CHL holders to carry on campus. Both the House and Senate bills have the backing of at least a third of the members. Unfortunately, these bills are about to be left in committee to die. Our big push right now is for the House bill to be scheduled for a full house vote. It has been authored or co-authored by 75 representatives so their is absolutely no reason why it shouldn't get an up or down vote in the House. This is the message I got from the Texas director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. It explains it a little more. Please call the representatives listed. It takes about 10-30 seconds to call each one.
There are five days left for Concealed Carry on Campus to continue forward in Texas. House Bill (HB) 1893, to allow those licensed law abiding adults with CHL permits to protect themselves on campus as they can everywhere else, has passed committee but must be scheduled for an up or down vote in the house by the House Calendars committee. Bills must be passed in one house by May 11th or they die and we will not have another chance until 2011. If you have not called before, or if you have called in the past, we MUST have you call now to get this legislation pass.
To be passed the bill must be set by the House Calendars Committee NOW. Please contact the following members of the committee and politely tell them how important it is to you that HB 1893 gets a vote. It is not necessary to have a long conversation, just call and communicate your support and the necessity for a up or down vote. It would be an absolute shame if a bill that has the official support of half the house and has successfully gone through committee was unable to pass only because it was never scheduled for a vote. Notice that only the last four digits of their phone numbers are different, this should make the calls a little more convenient.
House Calendars Committee
Brian McCall (chair) (512) 463 0594
Eddie Lucio III (512) 463 0606
Norma Chavez (512) 463 0622
Garnet Coleman (512)463 0524
Byron Cook (512) 463 0730
Brandon Creighton (512) 463 0726
Charlie Geren (512) 463 0610
Jim Keffer (512) 463 0656
Lois Kolkhorst (512) 463 0600
Edmund Kuempel (512) 463 0602
Jim McReynolds (512) 463 0490
Allan Ritter (512) 463 0706
Burt Solomons (512) 463 0478
I know you have seen many alerts from us before, but this is the most important one we have sent out. If you do not call these member and encourage them to schedule HB 1893 for a vote, then concealed carry on campus WILL FAIL and those on Texas campuses will continue to be without any option for self defense until at least 2011.
Please take the five minutes to call these members (and your own representative if you have not done that yet). Please also pass this message on to all of your friends and other groups you belong to. I cannot stress enough how critical it is for these representatives to hear from you. This is our last chance for two years.
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus