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UT Students Will Soon Be Allowed to Carry Handguns

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The University of Texas at Austin is extending the state’s carry laws to the campus. The new state law allows students to carry handguns into classrooms, but some areas of campus will reportedly remain weapon free.

Texas isn’t the first state to allow such a thing. Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Utah, Wisconsin, and Oregon already have concealed carry laws on college campuses intact.

UT System Chancellor William McRaven, who just so happens to be the Navy SEAL admiral responsible for directing the operation that resulted in the death of Osama Bin Ladan, has his own opinions of the new law.

In an interview with CNN, McRaven shares,”I’ve spent my whole life around guns. I grew up in Texas hunting. I spent 37 years in the military. I like guns, but I just don’t think having them on campus is the right place.”

McRaven also expressed concern about teachers being on edge and worrying about disgruntled, armed students lashing out in class. Apparently, one UT teacher has even left their job because of the new campus carry law.

One thing to keep in mind, is that the concealed carry permit is only eligible for people 21 and older. So, the number of students able to carry on campus will be quite low (around 1%).

The school doesn’t have long to sort out the details of this hotly debated law. UT has until August 1, 2016 to figure out how they’ll implement it on campus. Coincidentally, this date marks 50 years since the UT tower sniper shooting in which 14 people died.