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Controversial Campus Carry Law Takes Effect at Texas Colleges

Texas is joining eight other states that allow guns on campus. The controversial “campus carry” law takes effect today (Aug. 1, 2016). Now people with licenses can be armed at public colleges across Texas. To find out if they’re ready here in Houston, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee takes us on a campus tour […]

Dina Padovan University of Houston Police Department Campus Carry - Laura IsenseeTexas is joining eight other states that allow guns on campus. The controversial "campus carry" law takes effect today (Aug. 1, 2016). Now people with licenses can be armed at public colleges across Texas.

To find out if they're ready here in Houston, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee takes us on a campus tour where she finds both comfort and fear.

And while campus carry takes effect today at four-year public universities, it does not go into effect at Texas community colleges until next year.

(Above: Sgt. Dina Padovan with the University of Houston Police Department explained to new students the difference between open carry and concealed carry. Concealed carry is now allowed at Texas public colleges under the new campus carry law. It takes effect Aug. 1. Photo: Laura Isensee | Houston Public Media)

MORE: University of Houston Campus Carry FAQ

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Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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