The Chronicle of Higher Education
June 1st, 2015
The Texas Legislature gave final approval on Sunday to a bill that
would require the state’s public colleges and universities to allow
people with concealed-handgun licenses to carry their weapons into
dormitories, classrooms, and other campus buildings, The Texas Tribune reports. Gov. Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.
Higher-education leaders, including William H. McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas system, had opposed earlier versions of the measure, known as Senate Bill 11.
In a statement on Sunday, Mr. McRaven said that while the final bill
was not what he had hoped for, he appreciated late changes legislators
had made that recognized safety considerations specific to campuses.
“It is helpful that the bill was amended to allow our campus
presidents to consult with students, faculty, and staff to develop rules
and regulations that will govern the carrying of concealed handguns on
campuses,” Mr. McRaven wrote. “I look forward to working with our
presidents as they craft these policies and bring them to our Board of
Regents for review.”