Archives

Texas A&M Pulls Trigger To Allow Campus Carry!

Guns on campus
AUSTIN – The generally permissive campus carry rules proposed for the Texas A&M University System’s schools received on Wednesday what amounts to a final OK, as the system’s Board of Regents took no action to amend the suggested policies.

Come August, the licensed concealed carrying of handguns will be allowed in all classes, nearly all dorms and likely most all faculty offices at Texas A&M and other schools. Guns will remain barred at sporting events, patient care facilities and some other areas.

“I know this was not an easy task,” board chairman Cliff Thomas said. “These rules, as submitted, strike an appropriate balance. They will serve our system well going forward.”

The decision means at least 17 state schools have final approval on their rules, according to The Dallas Morning News’ campus carry tracker. The process has been ongoing since the law was passed last year to allow licensed concealed carry in most college buildings.

Unlike private schools, state colleges and universities cannot completely opt out of campus carry. But public school officials can establish some “gun-free” zones, so long as they are “reasonable” and don’t have the effect of generally prohibiting guns on campus.

The contentious proposal, which goes into effect in August, generated little discussion among the A&M regents.

The only point to get any follow-up was the policy by some schools, including the flagship, to allow faculty to petition their campus presidents to ban guns in their offices if they can prove that the presence of a gun would lead to “significant risk of substantial harm.”

A task force at Texas A&M had originally recommended that faculty and staff have more leeway to declare their offices off-limits to guns. But President Michael K. Young ultimately settled on a more limited rule after seeking input from state Attorney General Ken Paxton.

A&M Chancellor John Sharp on Wednesday made sure that point was clear.

“You can’t simply say, ‘I don’t like guns, so I am going to ban them in my office,’” he said.

To take a closer look at the campus carry proposals for the A&M System schools and other public colleges and universities in Texas, see The News’ campus carry tracker.

Leave a Reply

  

  

  

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>