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'No Evidence Shows Concealed Weapons Stop College Violence' - University
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Fri, Mar 20, 2015 - 10:44am

There is no real evidence that depicts the presence of Texas students carrying concealed weapons would reduce violence on college campuses, University of North Texas Spokeswoman Kelley Reese told Sputnik.

“There is no credible evidence to suggest that the presence of students carrying concealed weapons would reduce violence on our college campuses,” Reese said on Thursday, citing a 2008 statement from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

Reese said he believes additional research and a careful review of risk factors by campus...

Texas closer to allowing guns on campus
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Thu, Mar 19, 2015 - 12:09am

Texas is a step closer to requiring public colleges and universities to allow concealed handguns on campus — a policy opposed by many higher education leaders.

After nearly five hours of debate Wednesday, the state Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure that would repeal a law prohibiting holders of concealed-handgun licenses from carrying their weapons there.

The vote on Senate Bill 11 was along party lines, with all 11 Democrats opposing it.

“My concern is to expand the freedom of our most trustworthy citizens,” the bill’s author, Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, said as he introduced the legislation...

Texas' university chancellors mixed on campus carry
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Thu, Mar 19, 2015 - 12:01am

University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven opposes the campus carry bill because he thinks if it becomes law it would create a “less safe” environment for the students, faculty and staff.

“There is great concern that the presence of handguns, even if limited to licensed individuals age 21 or older, will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds," McRaven wrote in a Jan. 29 letter to Texas legislative leaders.

McRaven also expressed concerns about allowing guns in university hospitals and laboratories because they are places where emotions can run high.

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Few students would be likely to carry guns in Texas
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Tue, Mar 17, 2015 - 10:30am

Only a small fraction of students at Texas’ biggest public universities would probably carry a concealed handgun in campus buildings under proposed legislation that’s been fast-tracked in the state Senate.

That’s partly because the contentious bill authored by Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, would limit the privilege to those who have concealed handgun licenses. Texans must be at least 21 years old to get that license, a requirement that would disqualify a large portion of the student body.

Also, a small share of Texans of all ages acquire a gun license, and it’s likely that students, typically with limited incomes...

House budget panel tentatively OKs bonds for campus academic buildings
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Wed, Mar 11, 2015 - 8:07am

A group of education budget writers in the House has recommended funding for a raft of new academic buildings on state university and technical college campuses — including seven at Dallas-area schools.

The Appropriations panel’s education subcommittee agreed to spend $250 million over the next two years to pay debt service on tuition revenue bonds, said Rep. Trent Ashby, a Lufkin Republican who heads the subcommittee.

That is enough, it turns out, to issue more than $2.8 billion of bonds to pay for dozens of buildings.

“This was the No. 1 request across the board from institutions of higher learning,” Ashby...