Texas Campus Carry Law Campuses Goes In To Effect

AUSTIN, T.X. — A Texas law allowing handguns on public university campuses went into effect today.

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The Campus Carry Law was passed in 2015 and now individuals who are at least 21-years-old, with a Texas concealed handgun license, can carry their weapons in classrooms, dorms, and other campus buildings. Schools may have designated gun-free zones and guns are not permitted in sporting events or hospitals.

Private colleges are allowed to opt out of the law, and most have done so arguing that the law is contrary to the principle of protecting student safety.

Many University of Texas professors lobbied to prevent the law, but to no avail.  University of Texas President Gregory Fenves said he only allowed campus carry because, “he was compelled to do so under state law”.

In July, 2016, three professors sued to block the law due to the negative effect they felt it might have on free speech.  However, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton defended the law as constitutionally sound.

Texas is now one of eight states that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses.  The University of Texas System has over 214,000 students currently enrolled in degree seeking programs.