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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

University Of Texas Regents Postpone Vote On Guns

The University of Texas continues to grapple with campus carry. With state law allowing concealed firearm permit holders to bring guns onto campus and into classrooms scheduled to take effect on Aug. 1, Texas regents are considering rules for all 14 campuses in the system.

On Thursday, the regent postponed until July a vote on the proposals for the Austin campus. Those would allow professors at UT-Austin to ban firearms from their offices, and would prohibit keeping a bullet in the chamber of a semi-auto pistol. In lobbying to keep the proposals in place as written, Greg Fenves, president of the Austin campus, says that “We’re going to side with safety, rather than going with tactical advantage.”  

Gun-rights proponents have hailed both of the measures as impractical and dangerous. If the board of regents fail to make any changes to the proposals in July, they would take effect as is.