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TCU Opts Out of Texas Campus Carry Law

Via the DMN:  TCU votes to opt out of campus carry

Public colleges and universities have drawn most of the attention in the campus carry debate, since they can’t, under the law, totally opt out. And discussions remain ongoing at those campuses over what kind of gun-free zones might be established.

But private schools retained the power to ban guns on campus, since lawmakers said they didn’t want to interfere with private property rights. Those schools just have to get campus input first, which TCU did in recent weeks through forums and surveys.

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About Steven L. Taylor
Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. M. Bouffant says:

    lawmakers said they didn’t want to interfere with private property rights

    Nope, neither ideologues nor hypocrites, these Texas lawmakers.

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  2. OzarkHillbilly says:

    From the close of the article at the DMN: “I feel comfortable with anybody that’s on campus with a gun,” TCU freshman David Laughlin said at a forum last month, according to The Texas Tribune. “I don’t think anybody would be a threat.”

    All you have to do is open any newspaper on any day of the week to be confronted with yet another story of somebody who had no business walking around with a gun, walking around with a gun. I guess they don’t have newspapers or the internet in Texas. Either that or their admission standards are so low a 3 year old can get in.

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  3. Jenos Idanian says:

    The law gave the campuses a choice. This school made its choice. That’s their right.

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  4. al-Ameda says:

    thanks to OzarkHillbilly: From the 1st Link:

    “I feel comfortable with anybody that’s on campus with a gun,” TCU freshman David Laughlin said at a forum last month, according to The Texas Tribune. “I don’t think anybody would be a threat.”

    Exactly, what could possibly go wrong on a university campus wherein hundreds, perhaps thousands, of immature hormonal male students are carrying guns? (la la la la la la la)

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