POSTED: Thursday, May 9, 2013 - 6:01pm
UPDATED: Friday, May 10, 2013 - 10:00am
Tyler, TX (KETK) — With all the school violence and campus shootings, gun bills have been spiraling in the Texas Senate and House.
House Bill 972 recently passed that bill allows college students with concealed handgun licenses to carry guns in buildings and classrooms.
KETK visited UT Tyler on Thursday to talk to college students about this House Bill which currently passed.
"As of right now, there's tons of students here, in their backpack right now... They may have a handgun and may not even know it," says Jacob Quin, UT Tyler student.
The Bill 972 was filed by state representative, Allen Fletcher allowing students to carry a firearm in classrooms and buildings with of course a conceal handgun license.
UT Tyler students have a strong opinion about their peers carrying a firearm.
"If they are stopping people with firearms and say hey I need to see your carry license and they have one then I'm ok," says Chance Lee, UT Tyler student.
Well it's been criticized and it's back on the table for a provision.
Now the Senate will vote, whether to allow colleges and universities to opt-out of allowing students to carry handguns.
"Now you can carry it at school? Ok I understand ok you have it in your truck that's for emergencies. You having access to it in your backpack in the middle of class, no, no, just no!," says Whitley Roquemore, UT Tyler student.
The University of Texas System Office of Public Affairs of Austin tells KETK, "We're pleased with that version of the bill since it gives campuses the opportunity to make the decision on whether to opt out or not."
Some students disagree, they say if you have CHL and are healthy then it should be okay for students to carry a firearm.
"Students should be able to protect themselves when they are on campus because you never know who might walk on," says Steven Traylor, UT Tyler student.
"If they get the urge to pull out a gun and start a mass shooting I want to be able to have my defense, I want to be able to pull my gun out and defend myself," says Jacob Quin, UT Tyler Student.