FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2011
Austin, TX — As the current special session of the 82nd Texas Legislature heads into its second and possibly final week, Young Conservatives of Texas call upon Governor Rick Perry to add “campus carry” to the agenda. Tony McDonald, senior vice chairman of Young Conservatives of Texas and a law student at the University of Texas at Austin, commented, “By adding ‘sanctuary cities’ to the special session agenda, Governor Perry has shown that he intends to undo the damage done by a handful of liberal legislators who sought to stand in the way of the majority’s hard work. It only makes sense that he also add ‘campus carry,’ an issue that clearly has majority support in the Texas Legislature and that has a much longer history than ‘sanctuary cities’ of being blocked by parliamentary chicanery.”
During the regular session of the 82nd legislature, 88 of 150 Texas Representatives signed on to Representative Joe Driver’s campus carry bill, HB 750, as coauthors. And when Senator Jeff Wentworth offered a campus carry amendment to another higher education bill, SB 1581, 21 of 31 Texas Senators voted to support it. But as happened in 2009, campus carry passed out of the Senate only to be killed on a technicality in the House, without ever receiving a floor vote.
Young Conservatives of Texas believe that the proven track record of licensed concealed carry throughout Texas, coupled with the proven track record of licensed concealed carry on numerous college campuses outside of Texas, clearly demonstrates that there is no reason to deny trained, licensed adults the means to protect themselves on Texas college campuses.
McDonald concluded, “In years past, Governor Perry voiced strong support for this cause. Our organization and many others hope that he will embrace this opportunity to back up those strong words with strong action.”
Young Conservatives of Texas has been promoting conservatism at universities across the Lone Star State for over three decades. The state’s most active political youth organization, YCT is composed of hundreds of members and alumni who participate in the full spectrum of politics. YCT issues the most respected ratings of the Texas legislature and is the only conservative group to have done so without interruption over the past 18 legislative sessions. To learn more about YCT, their ratings, or for information on joining, please visit www.yct.org.