Amid Talk of Changing the Law, Guns Mostly Not Permitted on Campus

Published 08/25 2014 12:56PM

Updated 08/26 2014 06:36PM

By Jason Puckett
LUBBOCK, TX--- As Texas Tech starts up their new school year, students pack their bags with new books, electronics and other school supplies.  But one thing Red Raiders can’t bring with them to class is a gun.  That could change with the coming legislative session.
Texas Tech Police Captain Stephen Hinkle told that their current policy prohibits students from carrying guns on campus, although state laws offer leniency to guns left in cars.
“We don’t really go after people who bring guns on campus,” Hinkle said, “as long as it is in their vehicle.”
But any gun outside a vehicle violates Tech policy and that rule extends to residence halls.
HB 972, filed by Representative Alan Fletcher (R), passed in the Texas House of Representatives last year, and it seeks to change concealed carry policies in higher education.  If passed by both houses in the coming legislative session, students with legal permits would be able to carry guns on campuses.
State campuses would have the opportunity to opt out.  Private universities could opt to allow students to carry if they chose to.

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