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University Of St Thomas Opts Out Of Campus Carry Law

While private institutions can opt out of the law, public universities must allow concealed weapons though they can carve out gun-free zones.

There's already Baylor University, Rice University and Southern Methodist University on the list. Add the University of Saint Thomas.

UST President Robert Ivany announced Tuesday that the Catholic liberal arts college in Houston’s Montrose area would opt out of the new Texas law known as “campus carry.”

The new campus carry law goes into effect next August. While private institutions can opt out of the law, public universities must allow concealed weapons though they can carve out gun-free zones.

Ivany wrote in a letter that it was clear from talking to the UST community that the majority of them don't want concealed handgun license holders to carry guns on campus.

“The safety of each of us is our university’s most basic responsibility. Safety includes many considerations. Most importantly, it is the creation of an environment based on mutual trust and faith in our ability to respond to threats to our community,” said Ivany, who retired from the U.S. Army as a major general.

Ivany added that their response confirms his faith in the secure campus environment they've created at UST.

He said that new facilities will improve the capability of its police department and they will also plan more safety workshops.

 

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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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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