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U.T. Students React to Campus Carry

Campus Carry in Texas

Campus Carry Transcript:

Member Ambassador Sherry Hale:

Hey Members, it’s that time of year again as kids get ready to head back to school.

However, guns on school campuses have a lot of us scratching our heads on what’s legal. Especially if we’re sending our kids off to college.

That’s why I recently visited the University of Texas campus in Austin to hear what some folks thought about campus carry in Texas.

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I’m here in Austin, on the U.T. campus, and I have Alex, and I just wanted to ask you what you feel about campus carry.

Alex Z:

So I kind of have mixed thoughts on it. I personally think that if someone has the right training and goes through the concealed-handgun-license class and has proper, actual accuracy training and all that behind them, I don’t have a problem with it.

Sherry Hale:

I’m always curious about people coming from out of state, in your case, Virginia, what you’re feeling is about campus carry because obviously you know that campus carry is allowed at your soon-to-be university.

Blake B:

Yes ma’am. So in terms of campus carry, I’m a big proponent of like, I guess, safe and proper gun usage. So, for me the more properly trained and qualified people we have carrying firearms, the ones who have taken the classes, the ones who have done the research, had the experience, and the more of those that we have carrying, the better, in my opinion.

Toby B:

So I’m pretty neutral about it relatively speaking.

I can see both sides being fair arguments. But if I were to conclude as something that probably would be the fact that I’d probably go with that there should not be concealed carry on campus due to the fact there was a professor who retired about a year and a half ago because his argument was it is because of this. And his argument was that “Hey I teach the biggest class in the university. It’s like 600 students economics. And these kids are 18- to 22-years-old, they’re going through their biggest change of life generally speaking. And say one gets a bad grade, they’re having a bad time, five hundred people in the classroom, he has a concealed handgun. I mean, there’s a lot of things, so, with this age I wouldn’t necessarily, I guess, I wouldn’t necessarily agree with that they should have it on campus.

Sherry Hale:

Do I want 18-year-olds to have a concealed gun? I mean, you know, have a LTC? Well, first of all they can’t. You have to wait till you are 21. So there’s not going to be anybody below 21 who’s carrying legally. You know obviously it’s only going to be the 21- and 22-year-olds, so you most likely already been at college for a couple of years. Now that I’ve said that, does that change your mind at all?

Toby B:

Yeah, I mean that’s that’s a more logical side for being for concealed carry, as well as, if a criminal is going to do something, he’s going to find a way to do it, if he if he’s inclined to do so.

Sherry Hale:

So, did you notice, with just a little reminder on gun laws, that I changed Toby’s view on campus carry?

That is precisely why we take educating our Members so seriously. Staying informed is what makes our Members stand apart from the average citizen.

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