Survivors of some of the worst school shootings in U.S. history are in Austin to tell state leaders not to move forward with a new, controversial gun law. They also plan to rally.
Survivors from the shooting at Virginia Tech and several other school campuses will speak with state lawmakers about "campus carry". Specifically, Senate Bill 11 and House Bill 937, more commonly known as campus carry allow students, faculty, staff, and visitors to carry concealed handguns on public college and university campuses. The bill has passed the State Senate and is currently being debated in the House.
Supporters of the proposal say it will protect students but opponents strongly disagree.
Today at least four survivors of school shootings will be at the Capitol to talk to lawmakers about the dangers of guns on college campuses. They will also present a letter signed by eight student body presidents from public colleges, urging lawmakers to adopt an opt-out provision in Campus Carry.
The students plan to meet at the Capitol around 10 a.m.