Texas’ Campus Carry Law Turns Two

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Texas' Campus Carry Law Turns Two

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Wednesday, August 1 2018, marks two years since Texas' campus carry law took effect at public universities and one year since it took effect at community colleges. During that time, no Texas college has reported a resulting fatality, injury, assault, threat, or suicide attempt.

Texas is one of six states­—along with Utah, Colorado, Idaho, Georgia, and (as of February of this year) Arkansas—that allow anyone with the appropriate license* to carry a concealed handgun inside the buildings of public colleges, including in classrooms. Nationwide, such policies are in effect on more than 350 college campuses. After a combined total of more than 2,000 semesters of campus carry, not one of these institutions has reported a resulting act of violence.

Since 2007, when Students for Concealed Carry launched the national campus carry movement, the number of campus-carry campuses in the U.S. has increased more than tenfold. Mike Newbern, assistant director of public relations for SCC, commented, “We're pleased but not surprised to see that campus carry has worked out exactly as we predicted.

*Since July 1, 2017, Kansas has allowed the unlicensed, concealed carry of handguns in campus buildings, including in college classrooms. No problems have been reported.


Students for Concealed Carry on CampusABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.

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    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @ Tom Webster I was surprised you attacked me on what you so cleverly slanted about the shooting at the school your son attends. You did not say anything about who the perp was or what he had done. He was not a CC holder and not old enough. You are truly following the liberal train by not telling the whole story then picking a fight with someone that has an opinion that calls you out. You snowflakes always melt one time or another.

    Wild Bill
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    Wild Bill

    @Tcat, Tom Webster is probably not his name. He probably does not have a son or any other connection to Tx Tech. He adds nothing that could not be read in a news paper. His missive to you presumes facts and jumps to a conclusion. These are many hallmarks of liberal propaganda.

    RICHARD JOHNSON
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    RICHARD JOHNSON

    There is no Campus Carry at Texas State in San Marcos. The school has a checkerboard of carry/non-carry zones that it is impossible to cross-campus and be legal.
    The governor promised this would not be allowed but nothing has been done.

    TED F.
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    TED F.

    This is a great article. Please let it be known that if one holder of a Concealed Carry License commits a crime it will be a black mark against all of us CCW holders and the anti gunners will love them.

    Jeffersonian
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    Jeffersonian

    We’re not the ones hurting people.

    Nobody wants to talk about _that_.

    Mark A Adams
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    Mark A Adams

    You left out Kansas. I believe students over 21 years of age can carry on Kansas college/university campuses.

    Notlima
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    Notlima

    “During that time, no Texas college has reported a resulting fatality, injury, assault, threat, or suicide attempt” Yet that still will not stop the lying left from claiming “BLOOD IN THE STREETS(tm)”, suppression of speech, and classroom disagreements descending into shootouts whenever campus carry is brought up in a new locale. Same as the “rarely used in self-defense” lie that they promulgate related to DGUs. Of course, when you use “Justifiable Homicide” (cases where the perp is dead and the shooter was officially cleared) as your your defining statistic for a DGU, it is easy for them to use ‘rarely’… Read more »

    pieslapper
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    pieslapper

    No rivers of blood in the streets? Did they lie? Again? Still?

    Jim in Conroe
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    Jim in Conroe

    It would be interesting to know if violence on the campuses of States that allow lawful carry on campus have experienced any changes in the rates or numbers of crimes.

    m r c
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    m r c

    more guns less crime simple as that

    Tom Webster
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    Tom Webster

    Like the article, shame it is not true. My son attends Texas Tech. On October 10th 2017 there was a fatal shooting when student Hollis Daniels shot dead campus officer Floyd East Jnr. I cannot speak for other colleges etc.

    OngoingFreedom
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    OngoingFreedom

    This article is about lawful campus carry. Hollis Daniels was 19, Texas law requires LTC holders, with a few exceptions, to be at least 21. Hopefully you like the article even better now!

    MB
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    MB

    Mr. Daniels had committed several crimes before ambush of Officer East. He was not a LTC holder, any nut can find a way to illegaly obtain a weapon or use common items as weapons.

    Vanns40
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    Vanns40

    Tom Webster: I’m glad the other two posters gave the rest of the story and cleared things up. What I want to know is why didn’t YOU give a complete accounting of the events rather than a view that appeared to be one sided and biased? You state your son attends the college, surely you would have enough interest to seek out all the information surrounding this event rather than what some might call a “hack job” of reporting?

    I believe we’re all interested in hearing your reply and will, for a while, give you the benefit of the doubt.

    tomcat
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    tomcat

    @ Vanns40 Good response to this “reporter”. He sounds like MSM just giving one side of the equation.

    Tom Webster
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    Tom Webster

    tomcat, please grow up and read what is written not what you would like to have seen written.

    Tom Webster
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    Tom Webster

    Vanns40, et al. Please try not to get your knickers in a twist, I merely commented on the reported fact, and I quote: “During that time, no Texas college has reported a resulting fatality, injury, assault, threat, or suicide attempt.” The original article made no mention of exempting caveats. Had it done so, I would not have felt it worthwhile commenting. Making such sweeping statements without the exempting caveats actually harms the cause more than helps it, it reduces the credibility of the cause and I am sad that you fail to see that. The article SHOULD have read: “During… Read more »

    OngoingFreedom
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    OngoingFreedom

    Talk about getting knickers in a twist.

    The article throughout makes continual mention of lawful campus carry. Heck, it’s even in the title, fer cry-eye. If you have any doubts of the intent of the article re-read the second paragraph.

    Jim
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    The shooter in the Texas Tech case shot the campus officer while the officer was conducting a student welfare check (basically a room search) and found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. This was not a law-abiding citizen with a license to carry a concealed firearm. This was a criminal with drugs with intent to use and/or sell, and an illegally possessed firearm. This shooting had nothing at all to do with the lawful concealed carry of firearms on campus. Crime doesn’t magically go away because students and faculty are allowed to carry on campus. I believe certain crimes will… Read more »

    Tom Webster
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    Tom Webster

    Jim, I 100% agree with you. This is a standpoint I have been campaigning for for a long time, not only the positive aspect of someone intervening but also the deterrent effect of knowing that someone could step in and intervene. My gripe is not with campus carry but with the wording of the article which makes it seem that since the passing of the act, there have been no incidences involving firearms. It should have qualified that, by failing to do so it has (excuse the pun) given ammunition to the anti gun crowd. An armed society is a… Read more »

    Dr. Strangelove
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    Dr. Strangelove

    No mass shootings? No wholesale slaughter? Why, I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!