Tribpedia: Campus Carry

Campus Carry is an effort by gun rights advocates to allow people with concealed handgun permits to carry firearms onto Texas college campuses.

Supporters of the measure, which died in the 2009 session when it did not come up for a vote in time, say it could prevent tragedies like the massacres at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University. Right ...

After Tower Shooting, UT Pioneered Services to Heal and Defend Campuses

Southeast view from the UT Tower, June 22, 2016.
Southeast view from the UT Tower, June 22, 2016.

Before the UT tower shooting, a mass public shooting at a school campus was unheard of. The events of the summer of 1966 forever changed how schools handle emergencies and address tragedies.

Read the full story at the Texas Standard, and listen to Texas Standard's oral history on the shooting. Also, see The Texas Tribune's story about the armed civilian who helped stop UT's tower sniper 50 years ago.

Disclosure: The University of Texas has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune. A complete list of Tribune donors and sponsors can be viewed here.

Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.
Allen Crum at a press conference on Aug. 2, 1966. Crum, an employee at an off-campus bookstore, joined police at the top of the University of Texas Tower to stop sniper Charles Whitman.

Armed Civilian Allen Crum Helped Stop UT Sniper Charles Whitman 50 Years Ago

When Charles Whitman went to the top of the University of Texas Tower and started shooting on Aug. 1, 1966, dozens of people grabbed their rifles and tried to stop him. But only Allen Crum made it to the top of the tower with police that day.

Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.
Stephanie Odam of Austin marches in a campus carry protest in Austin, Jan 8, 2015.

UT-Austin Faculty Can Ban Guns in Offices

The University of Texas at Austin will give its faculty and staff the option of banning guns from their private offices when the state’s campus carry law goes into effect next month, under regulations UT System regents passed Wednesday.

Anti-gun protester Mark Sheridan leads a group of 250 members of the Modern Language Association-sponsored rally against campus carry on Jan. 8, 2016.
Anti-gun protester Mark Sheridan leads a group of 250 members of the Modern Language Association-sponsored rally against campus carry on Jan. 8, 2016.

UCLA Shooting Rekindles Campus Carry Debate

Supporters of Texas' new campus carry law say the shooting at UCLA exemplifies how banning guns on campus only deters law-abiding people. Opponents say it shows why guns shouldn't be allowed on campus. 

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT System Regents May Change Campus Carry Rules

Members of the University of Texas System Board of Regents expressed concern about their schools’ proposed rules for handguns on campus and signaled plans to attempt to change some of those policies before they go into effect on Aug 1. 

Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.
Nobel Prize-Winning physicist Steven Weinberg told the Faculty Council at the University of Texas at Austin that he will attempt to ban guns from his classroom this fall, regardless of UT's policy.

Nobel Laureate Becomes Reluctant Anti-Gun Leader

UT-Austin Nobel Laureate Steven Weinberg has emerged as a leader, albeit a reluctant one, for faculty who oppose allowing guns in their classrooms after saying he will try to prevent students who want to carry handguns from taking his courses. 

Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.
Organizer Murdoch Pizgatti addresses event attendees, media, and protesters a few hours before the theatrical mock mass shooting event that took place on UT Austin campus in opposition to Gun-Free Zones.

Mock Shootings, Sex Toys Mark UT Gun Protests

Gun rights activists held a mock shooting at the University of Texas Saturday to protest new rules for carrying weapons on campus, while counter-protesters waved sex toys and made farting sounds to try to ridicule them.

On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.
On Nov. 10, 2015, University of Texas at Austin faculty and students protested the new campus carry law that will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns into campus buildings.

UT-Austin Panel: Ban Guns in Dorms, But Not Classrooms

A task force at the University of Texas at Austin has recommended guns be prohibited in residence halls, at sporting events and in certain laboratories. But the suggestions do not call for banning handguns in classrooms. 

Guns Coming to Campus, but Not Campus Carry

Texas Weekly

For students hoping to bring concealed handguns onto college campuses, a new law allowing them to store firearms in cars parked in campus garages or lots is as close as they’re going to get — for now.