University of Texas to Allow Students and Faculty to Bring Guns to Class
Starting in the fall semester, students at University of Texas in Austin will be able to carry concealed guns into their classrooms.
The school's president begrudgingly accepted a set of rules complying with a state law passed last year to force public universities to allow licensed holders to bring their guns to campus.
Guns will generally be banned from dorm rooms, but they will be allowed in classrooms and common areas like dining rooms and study areas. They'll also be banned in certain laboratories, at sporting events, university bars and medical facilities.
"I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date," President Greg Fenves said.
Guns can still be banned at sporting events, in university bars and medical facilities, certain laboratories and college dorms.
Gun-rights activists insist the right to have weapons on campus falls under the Second Amendment and they call it a critical self-defense measure.
But the "campus carry" measure has faced intense opposition from students, faculty and other staff, some of whom have threatened to resign.
Chancellor William McRaven, the former head of U.S. Special Operations Command who directed the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, also opposed the measure.
The school's communications department estimated that less than one percent, or 510 students, of the school's 51,000 students have a license to carry a concealed handgun.
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