Summer break is almost over, and for those heading back to college this semester, books may not be the only things students will be packing.
The new Campus Carry law, that starts August 1, will allow Texas students to carry concealed handguns on campus. Only those with a license to carry who have passed a criminal background check and are at least 21 can pack heat, but the new law has many students raising concerns.
“Concerns and feedback was more of, was the campus going to look differently?" Dr. Alex Piquero from the University of Texas at Dallas said. "Are we going to have any kind of safety problems?”
Colleges like UTD have had safety in their sites since the law was passed.
“The way SB 11 is written is that each campus President can Identify his or her own areas that can be excluded from concealed handguns.”
That is why UTD has set up exclusion zones around campus where guns will not be permitted.
“We try to do everything we can do within the confines of the law, to make sure that we are doing the best we could to appease everybody. And to keep everybody as safe as possible, while still maintaining this place as a place of higher education,” Dr. Piquero said.
While all this is being debated, August 1 just happens to be the 50th anniversary of the U.T. tower shooting by Charles Whitman that killed 16 and wounded 32.