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Rice University Decides To Stay Gun-Free, Opts Out Of Campus Carry

Baylor University and Texas Christian University have also signaled they’ll stay gun-free. The University of St. Thomas is still gathering community feedback on the law.

 While public Texas colleges are slowly figuring out their campus carry policies, some private institutions are opting out of the new state law.

The latest to join that list is Rice University, which announced Monday that it will keep its policy to stay gun-free.

In an email, Rice President David Leebron said he made his decision after consulting extensively with faculty, staff, undergraduates and graduate students.

The overwhelming feedback was for Rice to exercise its right to opt out of the new campus carry law. Leebron said that not a single group endorsed having guns on campus.

But starting next August guns on campus will become a widespread reality in Texas. The new law allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry their weapons on campus. Public colleges can carve out certain gun-free zones while private institutions can opt out entirely.

Baylor University and Texas Christian University have also signaled they’ll stay gun-free.

Meanwhile, the University of St. Thomas is having conversations with its community members to see how campus carry would affect it before making a final decision.

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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