Meanwhile in Austin… the University of Texas is adamantly opposed to campus carry.

Lauren R. McGaughy writes at the Houston Chronicle:

A&M chancellor backs campus carry bill

AUSTIN – In keeping with their status as in-state rivals, Texas A&M and the University of Texas have taken opposite sides in the debate over campus carry.

State senators on Thursday opened debate for the first time this session on two gun bills, one sponsored by Granbury Republican Brian Birdwell that would allow concealed handgun license holders to tote pistols on campus.

While most higher education leaders oppose campus carry, Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp broke from precedent Thursday by throwing his support behind Birdwell’s proposal. In a letter to Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, Sharp said “having licensed gun owners in possession of legal weapons on our campuses does not raise safety concerns for me personally.”

The real question is this: “Do I trust my students, faculty and staff to work and live responsibly under the same laws at the university as they do at home?” Of course I do!” Sharp added.

“However, properly funding the higher education of these students is the only issue that counts! This is my personal opinion. The Texas A&M University System will not have a position on this issue, and will not oppose campus carry.”