Saturday, May 30, 2015

Concealed Carry on Campus Coming To Texas

From May 30, 2015 Reuters:

The Republican-controlled Texas Senate voted on Saturday to allow the licensed carrying of concealed handguns in most state university buildings.

The measure includes a caveat that lets college presidents designate "gun-free zones" on their campuses.

Passage by the Republican-dominated House of Representatives is expected on Sunday and would send it on to Republican Governor Greg Abbott to be signed into law.

As I pointed out a couple months ago in Shotgun News, pocket carry is a bit foolish.  


  1. Sounds like some of these incidents might have been prevented by the simple expedient of engaging the safety too.

  2. Pocket carry is my preferred method: I use an Uncle Mike's pocket holster that covers the trigger guard, in a pocket that holds nothing else, ever. Biggest disadvantage is that it's near-impossible to draw while sitting.

    Reason it works for me is that I'm normally at home, fooling around in my shop, either alone or working on a project with friends. However, we go to a restaurant for lunch and dinner. I don't care to have the gun on me during most of the day, but I certainly want to carry when I leave. The gun stays in the holster at all times, I just pick it up, along with my car keys/fob on the way out the door. Upon return, it gets laid on the shelf near my keys, covered by an old hat.

    My normal dress is a work uniform, with a tucked-in shirt, so an IWB holster won't work. (I do have a couple of clip-on IWB holsters, but an untucked shirt needs to cover the gun)

    My pants pocket is deep enough that the pistol (Ruger LC9) is secure. Plus, the LC9 has a manual safety to help prevent an ND from other causes.

  3. Mauser: Some manual safeties slip off with too little pressure.

  4. What Jim said, only more so.

    My always-with-me gun is a Kel-Tec P3AT in a DeSantis pocket holster. The trigger guard--actually the whole gun--is completely covered. By simply following the other expedient Jim mentions--nothing else ever goes in that pocket--it's completely safe.