U of Texas Panel's Plans for Campus Carry

December 11, 2015

A panel at the University of Texas at Austin has issued recommendations on how the institution can adopt rules for the campus carry law that takes effect next year. University leaders have opposed the new law, but have no legal choice but to carry it out. The panel examined the areas where the university has flexibility. For example, the plan would bar handguns from dormitories, since relatively few students there meet the age minimum of 21. However, the panel concluded that it couldn't bar handguns from classrooms. "Because attending class is central to most students' daily lives, the working group said that barring handguns in classrooms would have the effect of generally prohibiting students from carrying them, which is not allowed under the law," said a summary of the panel's findings. President Gregory L. Fenves will now review the findings and make final determinations.

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