University of Texas-Austin’s Campus Carry Rules Anger Both Sides
The Brief: University of Texas-Austin’s Campus Carry Rules Anger Both Sides
The Big Conversation
The University of Texas at Austin’s president laid out on Wednesday how the state’s new campus carry law will be implemented there.
The Tribune’s Matthew Watkins has the rundown:
(University President Gregory) Fenves‘ rules will ban guns in dorms except for three specific exceptions: Concealed handguns will be allowed in dorms’ common areas; people who work in the dorms will be able to carry; and family members visiting the dorms will also be allowed to carry.
While no classroom ban will be imposed, faculty members who don’t share an office with anyone else can ban guns in their specific areas, Fenves said.
He also issued strict rules for how those guns can be carried.
In laying out the rules, Fenves made clear that he’s uncomfortable with guns on campus but that the law passed last year gives him no option but to move forward.
The rules — allowing guns in classrooms but requiring guns to be holstered — managed to anger both supporters and opponents of campus carry. Both sides let it be known they might take legal action against the new rules.
Private universities, meanwhile, have the ability to opt out of campus carry. So far, 24 private schools have chosen that path, with Baylor University announcing Tuesday it was banning handguns on campus, Watkins reported.
None have chosen to allow guns.
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