AUSTIN (KXAN) – The only major party candidate on the ballot for Texas House district 49 in November said guns on college campuses emerged as one of the big issues in the campaign.
Gina Hinojosa beat six other candidates to win the Democratic primary in early March. Now the former Austin ISD Board of Trustees President is looking toward the next legislative session.
On KXAN’s State of Texas: In-Depth, Hinojosa told host Josh Hinkle advocates were caught off guard by the campus carry legislation passed in 2015.
“I don’t think our university community really thought this was going to happen,” said Hinojosa. “It’s so outlandish to think you’d have guns on campus. So I don’t think we were an organized pressence at the capitol as a result.”
Hinojosa said if she enters the legislature next year, she would fight to change that. She said the law should be amended to include an “opt-out” provision for public universities. The current law only lets private universities decide whether or not to allow firearms on campus.
Several prominent private universities like Baylor University, Texas Christian University, and Rice University opted to ban guns on campus. Locally, Southwestern University in Georgetown and St. Edward’s University in Austin also opted out of the campus carry law.
Hinojosa also discussed the possibility of changes to the state’s school finance system. You can see that in the video above.
While she has no Republican opponent in the HD49 race, Hinojosa does have to win an election against Libertarian Party candidate Rick Perkins in November.
She replaces Rep. Elliott Naishtat, who has held that seat since 1993.