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In the wake of several mass shootings in the last few years, several ideas have been proposed to save lives.

Two of those ideas are in the legislative mix in Austin right now, and one of them at least, has a good chance of passing.

And the ideas have come from pro and anti-gun forces.

Our problem today was getting anyone to talk about it.

In Austin, there are a couple of proposals aimed at lessening the chance that a young person will be hurt in a random shooting in college.

One bill would allow concealed carry license holders to carry a gun on their person on campus.

Another would permit that person to carry it, locked in the trunk of their car.

But none of the colleges we called today would comment.

Not UT Tyler, Tyler Junior college or UT Austin.

I even called my alma mater the University of Houston, and they wouldn’t comment on a pending legislative matter.

Then we called the Texas State Rifle Association’s Lobbyist and had this, albeit brief conversation.

“Basically, what does the Texas State Rifle Association see as the advantage of this bill?” we asked.

“I don’t think I’m going to answer anything. I’m standing in a hallway…this is just not appropriate,” she said.

And then, she hung up.

By the way, the lobbyist had agreed to answer questions in the hallway, which is why we started recording.

Finally, we reached Senator Kevin Eltife.

“What I heard from most of my college presidents,” Eltife told us, “was the issue of dormitories, but that was actually fixed. But he still doesn’t have the votes. I’d be for full carry on campus, but if we can’t get that, I support Hagars bill, I like it.”

The bill will likely be voted on Saturday.



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