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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Texas Protesters Rally Against Campus Carry

The University of Texas at Austin continues to fight against concealed carry on campus. On Tuesday, some 200 demonstrators from a group called “Gun-Free UT” gathered to voice their opposition to the law. The group has also retained the services of the National Lawyers Guild and is considering a possible lawsuit against the university.

Texas is among eight states—the others are Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin—that currently allow for concealed-carry permit holders to carry concealed firearms on campus. The new state law taking effect on Aug. 1, 2016, would simply allow those permitted to carry to bring their concealed firearms inside campus buildings as well.

Chase Jennings, founder of Texas Students for Concealed Carry chapters at UT Austin, the University of Houston and Texas A&M University, calls out opponents as “alarmists.” He argues that gun-free zones don’t make people safer and that they’re fighting for “the illusion of safety.”