House Representative

Turner, Chris

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 05/31/2015

REP. TURNER REACTS TO PASSAGE OF CAMPUS CARRY LEGISLATION

AUSTIN -- Today, State Representative Chris Turner (HD101- Grand Prairie) released the following statement in response to the final passage of SB 11, the so-called "campus carry" bill in the Texas House of Representatives:

"Campus carry is a solution in search of a problem and one that students, faculty, university leadership, and people across our state overwhelmingly oppose.

"With so many priorities left unaddressed, it's a shame that the Legislature has spent so much time and energy on an unneeded law that will cost millions of dollars and result in unintended consequences for years to come."

Last week, Turner released a letter from University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, outlining his concerns with proposed "campus carry" legislation. Regarding the impact passage of a campus carry law will have on recruiting and retaining faculty, McRaven expressed concern that "the presence of concealed weapons will make us less competitive."

CONTACT: Emily Amps