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Some Houstonians Want A City Task Force To Help Coordinate Campus Carry Law

The law goes into effect next month at all Texas public universities.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner says he understands the motivation of those who propose creating a City task force about the campus carry law and he thinks the coordinating role they envision for it makes sense.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner (center) says he understands the motivation of those who propose creating a city task force about the campus carry law and he thinks the coordinating role they envision for it makes sense.

The Texas campus carry law will go into effect next month. Some Houston residents are asking City Hall to help put it in practice in a safe and effective way by creating a task force to educate the public and try to establish some consistency in how universities apply the law in Houston.

The law means people with a concealed handgun license can carry their weapon on campus at Texas public universities.

It also allows university presidents to make some exceptions through gun-free zones.

Andrew Yoo, a former student of UH-Downtown who is concerned about the carrying of firearms on university campuses, is one of the main proponents of the task force.

“What we want to do is educate students and help campus presidents educate students all around the city,” notes Yoo, “if a student walks into a building and there’s a sticker that says gun-free zone, they don’t know how far into the building they can proceed with their concealed handgun.”

“What we would like to do as a task force is to bring everyone to this table because we see the many benefits of sharing ideas, sharing policies, sharing what works and what doesn’t work to really help best implement the law to the best of our abilities,” the UH-Downtown alumnus adds.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner opposed the law when he was a state representative and he thinks the coordinating role that proponents of the task force envision makes sense.

“I think it is important (that) the City of Houston works very closely with all of our colleges and universities in Houston to make sure that we do our part to make sure that the periphery of the campuses are safe and to work in collaboration with the security forces on the campuses themselves,” Turner said at the press conference held after the council’s meeting.

Turner added he wants to meet with the presidents of local universities to discuss the potential task force.

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Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz is originally from Madrid (Spain). He worked for several years in his home country and gained experience in all platforms of journalism, from wire services to print, as well as broadcast and digital reporting. In 2001, Al came to the United States to pursue a Master’s degree...

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