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A federal appeals court is upholding a decision to dismiss a challenge to a 2015 Texas law allowing licensed handgun owners to carry concealed weapons in most places on public college campuses. Three UT-Austin professors brought the lawsuit, arguing it violated their constitutional rights — mainly that it has a chilling effect on free speech by introducing guns into a classroom setting.


A Texas law that allows licensed gun owners to carry a concealed handgun on community college campuses went into effect on Tuesday. At one North Texas school, student reaction was mixed.

From Texas Standard:

The state's controversial "campus carry" law took effect one year ago. The law allows students with concealed handgun licenses, and who are 21 years old, to carry a firearm in certain places on public university campuses.


Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state's 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings. 

Illustration by Todd Wiseman / The Texas Tribune

Less than two months after a Texas law allowing guns into public university buildings went into effect, an accidental discharge has been reported in a Tarleton State University dormitory. 

Qiling Wang / Texas Tribune

Thousands of University of Texas students marked the first day of classes under "campus carry" with a protest Wednesday: They openly carried as many as 4,500 donated sex toys.

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Texas’ campus carry law went into effect this week, which allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry their weapons onto public universities. University of North Texas President Neal Smatresk is one of many school administrators wrestling with how to enforce the law. 

Quiet Unease Marks Campus Carry Debut In Texas

Aug 2, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

On Monday at the University of Texas at Austin, where students studied at shaded outdoor tables and hoisted backpacks to walk to summer school classes, there were few obvious signs that a new state law had taken effect allowing guns in university buildings.

UT Austin officials say there shouldn’t be much of a difference for anyone on campus now that concealed handguns are allowed on school grounds. In fact, officials have said that if you see a gun on campus, you should call the police.

UT Austin president Greg Fenves had a simple message for students and staff on campus Monday.

With Texas Now A Campus Carry State, Here’s What You Need to Know

Aug 1, 2016
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune illustration

After months of meetings, protests and political debates, the time has come: It’s legal to carry handguns into university buildings in Texas. The state’s new campus carry law, passed in 2015, went into effect Monday.


Beginning Monday, concealed handgun license holders are allowed to carry their weapons at state colleges and universities in Texas. Not everyone’s happy about it.

UT-Austin Faculty To Be Able To Ban Guns In Offices

Jul 13, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

The University of Texas at Austin will give its faculty and staff the option of banning guns from their private offices when the state’s campus carry law goes into effect next month, under regulations that UT System regents passed Wednesday.

Three UT Professors Sue To Block Campus Carry Law

Jul 7, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Three University of Texas at Austin professors sued their university and the state on Wednesday, claiming Texas' new campus carry law is forcing the school to impose "overly-solicitous, dangerously-experimental gun policies" that violate the First and Second Amendments.

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State Rep Asks Texas Attorney General If Community Colleges May Ban Handguns

Jun 9, 2016
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune

A year before Texas' campus carry law takes effect at public junior and community colleges, a state representative has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to determine whether such institutions that offer programs for minors may prohibit concealed weapons.

UT System Regents May Change Campus Carry Rules

May 12, 2016
Shelby Knowles / Texas Tribune

Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents raised concern about their schools’ proposed rules for handguns on campus and signaled plans to attempt to change some of those policies before they go into effect on Aug 1. 

Few Major Restrictions In Texas A&M's Campus Carry Rules

Apr 14, 2016
Aggie0083 / Wikipedia

Texas A&M University's proposed new campus carry rules include few major restrictions for handguns and will allow the weapons in classrooms and dormitories.

There is a pistol-packing revolution going on in America. Nearly 13 million Americans have permits to carry concealed handguns — triple the number just nine years ago — and that figure is low because not every state reports.

For New UT-Dallas President, Campus Carry Debate Is Personal

Mar 4, 2016
Photo by Shelby Tauber / Texas Tribune

At 64 years old, Richard Benson is positive that he has already lived through the worst day of his life. 

UT Architecture Dean Cites Campus Carry Gun Law As A Reason For His Departure

Feb 29, 2016
Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / Texas Tribune

The University of Texas at Austin's longtime architecture dean announced last week he is leaving, saying the state's new campus carry law played a major role in pushing him out. 

Texas Lawmakers: Don't Single Out College Students Who Carry Guns

Jan 26, 2016
Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

Texas senators on Tuesday urged the state's six university chancellors not to single out students who carry guns on campus when the state's new campus carry law goes into effect in August. 

Texas Universities Likely To Allow Guns In Classrooms

Jan 11, 2016
Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

The thousands of professors who attend the Modern Language Association's annual conventions usually talk literature, linguistics and language. But last week in Austin, many took a break to focus on something outside the norm — guns. 

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In the wake of President Obama's efforts to take on gun violence, the head of the group Open Carry Texas told KERA News that the president "wants to make sure that more kids die by refusing to allow us to carry on the schools to protect our own kids."

David Mead / University of Texas

We’ve heard about open carry, the new law now in effect in Texas. It allows license holders to openly carry guns. Later this year, another gun law called campus carry goes into effect. Guns must be concealed at colleges. Campuses are trying to figure out how the new law will work.

SMU Opts Out Of Campus Carry Gun Law

Dec 21, 2015
Texas Tribune

Southern Methodist University on Friday joined the growing list of Texas private colleges opting out of the state's new campus carry law. 

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Texas Christian University announced Friday that it won’t allow concealed weapons on campus. That decision sets the private Fort Worth school apart from state universities that will be required to allow “campus carry.”

From Texas Standard:

A group made up of professors, and a few others, rallied behind their common goal of a gun-free UT on Monday at the University of Texas at Austin. This pushback against a state campus carry law passed last session has been building for months. The new law is set to take effect next year.

The protesters' message was loud and clear: ban guns or we could sue. Law professor Ken Williams from South Texas College of Law in Houston says their main claim will center around how universities will ensure a safe environment for both students and faculty.


Three Texas Private College Presidents Say No To Guns

Oct 18, 2015
Todd Wiseman / Texas Tribune photo illustration

Three Texas private college presidents said Saturday that they expect their schools to opt out of a new state law allowing properly licensed students to carry concealed guns on campus.


William McRaven took over as chancellor of the UT System at the beginning of 2015. Already he's had to navigate major changes in how the statewide system operates, and form new plans to accommodate the new campus carry law that goes into effect for the fall 2016 semester.

Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott got most of what he wanted out of his first legislative session as the state's chief executive.  However, not all Republicans share his enthusiasm.