Guns permitted on college campuses?

BY SONALEI AMADOR

STAFF WRITER

At the beginning of June 2016, the Texas legislature passed a “campus carry” law permitting individuals with a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed weapon on public university campuses in Texas, and the question is, will COD students be presented with the same law?

The Texas Senate Bill (TSB), otherwise known as the “campus carry” law, was signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott on June 1, 2015. The TSB went into effect on Aug. 1, 2016.

The TSB caused an uproar among students and faculty members at colleges in the state. University of Texas (UT) students held a “Cocks not Glocks” protest the first day of classes in which students carried dildos on campus in opposition of the new law. The protest took place in the area on campus where a man named Charles Whitman embarked on a shooting spree on Aug. 1, 1966.

A student from UT said, “We have crazy laws here but this is by far the craziest, that you can’t bring a dildo on to campus legally but you can bring your gun. We’re just trying to fight absurdity with absurdity.”

Another UT student in favor of the law wears his gun on campus and said, “I wear it pretty much whenever I can…it’s nice to know you have ultimate responsibility for your safety.”

Currently, Calif. law states that guns are prohibited on college and university campuses. The state of California allows local law enforcement to issue its own limitations on where a person can carry their concealed weapon.

On Oct. 10, 2015, the  Governor Jerry Brown of California, signed a law limiting only certain individuals to carry concealed weapons on campus grounds.

Following the June 2013, shooting at Santa Monica College, the Los Angeles Community College District publicly stated that their nine campuses would remain gun-free.

University of Texas students protest "campus carry" law
University of Texas students protest “campus carry” law

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