Carrying Handguns Allowed on Texas College Campuses

The University of Texas president has begrudgingly authorised concealed guns in classrooms.

Protestors gathered on the West Mall of the University of Texas campus to oppose a new state law that expands the rights of concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons on public college campuses and as of August 1, 2016, they can carry in campus buildings. Schools can however designate limited gun-free zones. (Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP)
Protestors opposing the new state law at the University of Texas campus. Photo credits: Ralph Barrera/Austin American-Statesman via AP.

Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, had signed a law to accommodate for concealed handguns on college campuses in Texas last June. The law will be applicable on August 1: student having reached 21 years of age can carry their weapons on campus provided they are licensed gun owners. This will make of Texas the 8th state in which licensed citizens are allowed to bring their guns on campus.

The UT campus in Austin came into the spotlight because many of its students as well as faculty groups had petitioned against the law. Even the school president, Gregory L. Fenves, only complied to the decision reluctantly — he is against the idea of guns in class. In a letter to the campus, he explains that while he does not believe handguns have a place on university premises, he still has to implement the new law.

In another letter to the chancellor, Fenves wrote about how parents of both current and prospective students shared their concerns over the law. But, nevertheless, he is to comply with the law.

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