With Republicans enjoying more control in statehouses this year, the odds for more pro-gun legislation looked very good. In two gun-friendly states, Arizona and Texas, long-sought gun proposals met a surprising demise, says Stateline.org. In both states, pro-gun activists hoped to authorize the possession of firearms for self-defense on college campuses. Such measures have been a priority for many GOP lawmakers since the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech, where a gunman killed 32 teachers and students before turning the gun on himself.
So far, only Utah specifically allows guns on campus, says the National Conference of State Legislatures. As many as 15 states have considered guns-on-campus legislation this year, and Arizona and Texas were seen as the likeliest places for such bills to succeed. Until the very end of each state's legislative session, it looked as though they would. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill, saying it might unintentionally allow guns near elementary and secondary schools along with college campuses. In Texas, a plan to allow guns on campus had the support of the governor and two-thirds of the state Senate Even so, the legislation ran into procedural difficulties when the House ruled that it could not be attached to a larger university financing bill. There is talk around Austin that some House members quietly quashed the controversial measure on purpose.