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University Of Houston Gears Up For Campus Carry

UH has already released a draft plan and will hold community forums this week to gather more feedback.

Like other public Texas four-year colleges, the University of Houston is preparing for the campus carry law to take effect in August.

Under the draft plan, people with concealed weapon licenses can bring their guns to most classrooms.

“In general, classrooms where you have a professor and let’s say a book or a PowerPoint presentation, you cannot prohibit in those locations,” said UH Police Chief Ceaser Moore. 

He said that’s already been decided by the Texas attorney general.

But the UH campus carry work group considered other situations.

“If there’s some unusual circumstances, such as children in the vicinity, dangerous chemicals, something that we know about the campus that doesn’t fall into the categories that were outlined by the state, then decisions could be made to prohibit weapons in those areas,” Moore explained.

Take the UH Moores School of Music. It has a conservatory where children take music lessons. It’s proposed as gun-free.

The draft plan also blocks concealed weapons from almost all university housing. Moore said that mostly younger students live there and, in general, people have to be 21 years old to apply for a concealed handgun license.

For license holders, Moore said that the police station will serve as a 24/7 gun storage. There’s also an option for people to use their own gun lockers.

Moore added that this is only a draft. Next the campus carry work group wants to hear more feedback on the plan before sending it to the UH chancellor. 

The community forums are scheduled as follows:

  • March 9 from 3-5 p.m. at UH in the Student Center Theatre and
  • March 10 from 3-5 p.m. at UH-Sugar Land in the Brazos Building room 103B 

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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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