The panel recommending the rules for concealed carry on campus may not have had ideal recommendations, but they are at least a lot better than it might have been. Some of the restrictions include that the gun must be carried in “a holster that completely covers the trigger; semiautomatic handguns must be carried without a chambered round of ammunition.” Bans from UT athletic events and dorms are disappointing, as there is no evidence that there is a problem with either type of place. For more detailed information on letting permitted concealed handguns on campus, a video of John Lott’s recent testimony to the Michigan state Senate see this. A video of a recent debate in November 2015 is available here. The CPRC report on the revocation rate data for college age permit holders is available here. Here is the Austin American Statesman’s write up on the panel’s recommendations.
A University of Texas committee has released its recommendations for how campus officials should implement the new state law that allows students to carry concealed handguns in buildings on campus, which takes effect Aug. 1, 2016. . . .
The panel said guns should be allowed in these areas:
- Common areas, such as lounges, dining areas and study areas.
- Married student housing, officially called University Apartments, though these should be stored in gun safes.
- Parents with licensed concealed handguns should be allowed to bring them in dorms.
But the panel said guns should not be allowed in these areas:
- The premises of a pre-K through 12th-grade institution, such as the UT Elementary School, and on-campus child-care facilities.
- The grounds or building at which a K-12 activity, such as a field trip, is taking place.
- The premises where a high school, collegiate or professional sporting event or interscholastic event is taking place.
- Areas where state or federal law require guns be excluded, such as UT’s Nuclear Engineering Teaching Laboratory.
- Patient-care areas, including those in which professional mental health services are provided. This would include, the University Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Center.
- Any place where disciplinary and greivance hearings are being conducted.
- Areas where the discharge of a firearm might cause great harm, such as laboratories with extremely dangerous chemicals, biologic agents, or explosive agents, and areas with equipment that is incompatible with metallic objects, such as magnetic resonance imaging machines.