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Five Things Research Says About Concealed Handguns on College Campuses

Posted on · 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 most […]

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Controversial Campus Carry Law Takes Effect at Texas Colleges

Posted on · Texas is joining eight other states that allow guns on campus. The controversial “campus carry” law takes effect today (Aug. 1, 2016). Now people with licenses can be armed at public colleges across Texas. To find out if they’re ready here in Houston, News 88.7 education reporter Laura Isensee takes us on a campus tour […]

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Campus Carry Law Takes Effect Monday, University of Houston Prepares

Posted on · The state’s new campus carry law takes effect Monday (Aug. 1, 2016). Campuses across Texas have been preparing by establishing their own rules and policies as dictated by the new law. Privately owned colleges can opt out, but public colleges and universities must comply. We hear from Marcilynn Burke, chair of the University of Houston’s campus […]

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The Unintended Consequences of Texas’ Open Carry Law

Posted on · Open carry has been in effect in the state of Texas for a month now. The new law allows concealed handgun license holders to carry pistols openly. But private businesses can ban it on their premises, providing — at every entrance — they post 30.07 signs, so named for the statute which requires them. Those […]

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How Will Open Carry Affect Residents, Businesses and Law Enforcement?

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. We discuss the nuances of […]

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Open Carry in Effect and Attracting Millennials: Monday’s Show (January 4, 2016)

Posted on · Open carry is now officially legal in Texas. The new law, which took effect Jan. 1, allows licensed Texans to openly carry handguns in a shoulder or hip holster. But, there are some limitations concerning where open carry is allowed — as well as some concerns about how it’ll play out. On today’s Houston Matters, we discuss […]

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Preparing for Campus Carry: Friday’s Show (October 23, 2015)

Posted on · In August of next year (Aug. 1, 2016), the state’s new campus carry law takes effect. Passed in the legislative session this past spring, it will allow those with concealed handgun permits (who are required to be 21 and older) to carry concealed weapons on some college campuses. Private schools have the ability to opt […]

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Why Are Some People Afraid of Guns, While Others Feel Safer When They’re Around?

Posted on · As the Texas Legislature takes on open carry and campus carry bills, psychologist Michael Winters joins us to contemplate what goes on in our minds when we enter a room, and we know someone there has a gun — and why some among us feel safer, while others feel threatened. We also discuss what’s happening psychologically when […]

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Should Concealed Firearms Be Allowed at Texas Colleges?

Posted on · Lawmakers in Austin are considering a proposal to allow students, faculty and staff with proper licenses to carry firearms on college campuses, including in classrooms. Senate Bill 11 has 19 co-sponsors. That’s enough to bring it to the floor for a vote. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick appears to be fast-tracking the bill — it was referred […]