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TLU Opts Out of New State Campus Carry Legislation

December 7, 2015

University will continue current policy prohibiting concealed weapons

Following several open forums this fall with students, faculty, and staff, Texas Lutheran University will exercise its authority as a private institution to opt out of the new state campus carry legislation. This decision maintains the university’s long-standing policy that prohibits concealed weapons throughout campus.

“I appreciate all who participated in this open campus-wide conversation and the respectful nature of the discussion,” TLU President Dr. Stuart Dorsey said. “The consensus among all groups—faculty, students, staff, and campus police —was a desire to preserve our current policy. I agree that prohibiting concealed weapons on our campus continues to be in the best interests of all those who work and study at Texas Lutheran.”

On May 31, 2015, the Texas Legislature approved Senate Bill 11 “Campus Carry,” allowing concealed handgun license (CHL) holders to carry concealed handguns on permitted areas of public college campuses. The bill also allows college presidents to designate “gun-free zones” and gives private universities the choice to opt out of campus carry. The bill—signed into law by Governor Greg Abbott—is effective August 1, 2016.

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