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Would Banning Guns in Dorms Violate the New Campus Carry Law?

Texas’ many publicly funded colleges and universities are in the midst of forming their policies for how the state’s new campus carry law will be implemented at their respective campuses (private schools have the ability to opt out of the law). While universities are not allowed to come up with a plan that would “generally […]

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Texas’ many publicly funded colleges and universities are in the midst of forming their policies for how the state’s new campus carry law will be implemented at their respective campuses (private schools have the ability to opt out of the law).

While universities are not allowed to come up with a plan that would "generally prohibit" guns on campus, each institution is allowed to decide for itself which areas (such as dorms) would be designated as “gun-free zones.” However, Attorney General Ken Paxton is arguing that banning guns in dorms would — in effect — prohibit campus carry.

So how are schools navigating and interpreting the new law as they work to create their policies? We hear from Marcilynn Burke, associate dean of the University of Houston Law Center and chair of the school's Campus Carry Work Group.

MORE: Area Colleges Prepare for Campus Carry (Houston Matters, Oct. 23, 2015)

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Michael Hagerty

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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