After 50 Years You Can Now Carry Legally At Schools In This State

Screen Shot 2016-08-01 at 2.47.07 PMDespite what most people think about Texas, it doesn’t have the most relaxed gun laws in the nation.
While citizens of the state are allowed to carry openly and concealed in almost any circumstance, one of the places they’ve been prevented from carrying is on college campuses across the state.

Apparently, people there had a very difficult time coping with the UT shooting that took place in the 60s and allowed the trauma to affect the rights of others well into the future.

But that all changes now.

As of this week, there is an opportunity for second amendment advocates to carry on campus.

Under a new law that takes effect Monday, public and private colleges and universities across the Lone Star State could see lawful concealed carry on campus begin on the anniversary of a tragic school shooting.

Signed into law by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott last year, public post-secondary schools in Texas were required to allow at least some lawful carry on campus while granting university presidents the ability to carve out areas that will remain gun free zones. In response, schools such as Texas A&M, the University of Texas and Texas State have opted to implement new guidelines after much debate and public discourse that include, among others, restrictions on carry in student housing.

As noted by the Texas Tribune, 37 of the state’s 38 private colleges and universities have opted under the law to remain gun free zones with only non-profit Amberton University electing to allow legally concealed handguns.

Groups opposed to the practice, including Gun Free UT and the Texas chapter of Mom’s Demand Action, who were very vocal in the past several months on the issue, have been uncharacteristically silent in the past week.

Some faculty have gone so far as to file suit against their school’s new mandated policy on guns, arguing they teach sometimes volatile subjects that could led to discourse in the classroom that in turn could translate into gunfights.

One educator fears the new practice could mean dangerous students in class.

“And that’s what I fear most. Not the random gunman who busts through my door with a rifle, but the student who sits through an entire class, quietly takes out a gun and shoots me or my students,” Seema Yasmin, a professor at the University of Texas at Dallas and writer atThe Dallas Morning News,noted in an opinion piece last week.

Students for Concealed Carry, a national group that has championed campus carry, holdsthat “licensed concealed carry will have no detrimental effect on Texas college campuses and that there is no justification to deny licensed students, faculty, staff, or guests on those campuses the same measure of personal protection they enjoy throughout the rest of the state.”

The head of SCC’s Texas chapter, Brian Bensimon, told Guns.com the right to self-defense is one of the foundations of our society.

“It is encouraging to see the state of Texas adopt a policy that has already been implemented in over 150 college campuses, and one that has worked particularly well in the states of Utah and Colorado,” said Bensimon in an email Sunday.  “Concealed carry is generally allowed in museums, movie theaters, grocery stores, shopping malls, and a whole host of places. The same right should extend to college campuses.”

UT Shooting anniversary

The start of the latest Lone Star State gun rights expansion coincidentally falls on the 50th anniversary of the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting that left 13 dead after a 25-year-old architectural engineering major climbed the structure and shot over 40 individuals in what has been described as the nation’s first modern active shooter event.

In commemorating the tragedy, UT will rededicate the Tower Garden, unveil a new memorial, and hold a series of events both on and off campus.

“It is unfortunate timing,” said J.B. Bird, a university spokesman, as reported by the Wall Street Journal. “These two events are completely unrelated, and we’re keeping them completely separate.”

Open Carry Texas pointed out the UT shooting was partially suppressed by armed students on campus who loaned cops their guns and helped pin down the shooter while it should be noted that one armed civilian, Allen Crum, a bookstore employee and veteran, helped storm the observation deck with police, ending the shooting.

Consider what would happen after this law is passed.

More than likely the crime rate on campuses across the state of Texas will take a precipitous drop. that’s not what liberals are going to predict (they say more guns = more crime) but you are certainly going to see the use of weapons on campus increase.

Not to say they’re going to increase because legal carriers are going to go berserk; rather they will increase because as crime increases on campus so will the corresponding use of force to stop crimes increase.

All in all, this is a great thing…if you love freedom and the ability to protect yourself.

Do you support Texas’s move to get concealed carry approved on campuses?

Tell us in the comments below.

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  • b4k9zp

    Don’t know that the crime rate on Texas campuses will make a “precipitous” drop, because there are not that many crimes on state supported college campuses and private campuses, but they do occur. They should be reduced, and so should crimes in the surrounding areas where the students live.

  • jonunr

    Crime will definitely increase in gun free zones.
    It will not increase nearly as much if any where
    concealed carry is legal.

  • shawshank09

    OUTSTANDING, it is now as it should be.