MEGHAN DONALD

Staff Writer

After a roller coaster ride through the halls of the capital, a bill co-authored by Rep. Sid Miller (R-Stephenville) bit the proverbial dust.

The bill, which would have allowed students or teachers who have a concealed handgun license to carry handguns on campus, was left for dead when the legislative session ended Monday.

The controversial bill died in the house, but garnered another chance at life when it was revived in the senate.

“If it (the bill) would have passed, it would have been good,” Miller said.

The bill caused both opponents and supporters to speak their minds in rallies across the state, even sparking a heated debate at Tarleton State University.

Many bills died this session in what Miller called “a massacre.”

Tarleton University Police Chief Justin Williams previously stated that “many university police departments gave a sigh of relief that the bill was not signed into law.”

Many university police departments spoke out against the bill, concerned that if a student carrying a gun tried to end a mass shooting, police would not know who the original shooter was. Others worried that fights that were usually settled with a fist, would be settled with a bullet.

Supporters of the bill felt that students who possessed their concealed handgun license would be able to stop another campus shooting like the one that took place at Virginia Tech University last year.