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Public Universities Attempt to Ban Campus Carry

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AUSTIN -- New gun laws in Texas have fired off quite a controversy after Texas lawmakers passed the new Open Carry and Campus Carry laws in June.

The new laws will allow people to openly carry handguns in their holsters and allow concealed handguns on public colleges and universities.

But the new laws draw a fine line between respecting the right to bear arms and protecting people from mass shootings. Universities like UT-Austin have proposed banning guns from their campuses, especially in dorm rooms and creating gun-free zones.

But Attorney General Ken Paxton says that would be a direct violation of the new campus carry law set to take effect August 1, 2016. Paxton and other Republicans say the new law will increase safety and prevent shootings on campuses.

Although, campuses aren't the only ones preparing for a game plan once the law takes into effect. Law enforcement officers are training before Open Carry takes effect on January 1, 2016. That means Houston and Dallas will be the largest cities in the U.S. to allow Open Carry -- no doubt a new issue for the boys in blue.

Looks like we'll find out soon enough if the new open carry laws are a bull’s eye.

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