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Five Things Research Says About Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

Texas’ new “campus carry” law took effect yesterday (Aug. 1, 2016). That means many students at the state’s four-year public universities will head to class on campuses that allow concealed weapons (it takes effect at Texas community colleges next year). The law allows licensed gun owners to bring their weapons into classrooms, faculty offices and […]

Concealed Handgun Holster - Image Courtesy: Wikipedia CommonsTexas' new "campus carry" law took effect yesterday (Aug. 1, 2016). That means many students at the state's four-year public universities will head to class on campuses that allow concealed weapons (it takes effect at Texas community colleges next year).

The law allows licensed gun owners to bring their weapons into classrooms, faculty offices and most dorms. There are exceptions. For example, the football stadium, mental health clinics and day care facilities.

Yesterday, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee took us on a campus tour at the University of Houston, where she found feelings on the new law ranged from comfort to fear.

Today, she talks with Matt Nobles. He's a criminal justice professor at the University of Central Florida and has researched concealed carry in Texas.

(Image Courtesy: Wikipedia Commons)

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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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