Assistant News Director
Starting August 1, 2016, the newly approved campus carry law will allow licensed handgun owners to conceal carry guns on public college campuses in Texas.
Private universities across Texas like Incarnate Word and Rice University have already opted out of the new campus carry law. But since Texas State University is a public college, they will not be able to opt out.
That’s why Texas State’s President Denise Trauth is asking students, faculty, and staff for their opinions on campus carry with the help of the Texas State Task Force.
The Task Force works closely with President Trauth to draft recommendations from others on campus carry. But Chair of the Task Force, Dr. Vicki Brittain says at the end of the day, it’s the president’s job to make the final recommendations, stressing “Senate Bill 11 puts the total responsibility on the university president to establish the rules and regulations.”
The Task Force hosted open forums last month where students and residents were able to express their opinions on campus carry at Texas State. Now that the recommendations have been received, the Task Force will present these results to President Trauth. Brittain says even though President Trauth was not in attendance at the forums, she still hears the opinions of others.
“President Trauth interacts with students in different settings. She interacts with faculty senate every month. She interacts with administrators,” added Britain. “She interacts with the student groups. I’ll tell you what campus carry is a topic of conversation at a lot of meetings right now on campus.”
The Task Force will host another forum in January with up-to-date drafted recommendations. In February, President Trauth will submit the university’s final rules and regulations to the Texas State Board of Regents for approval.
The Task Force is still asking for any recommendations through their online survey that can be found on the President’s website.