Tribpedia: Guns In Texas

Texas is a gun-friendly state where lawmakers have been historically reluctant to restrict citizens' rights to own and carry firearms.

Firearms can be sold to anyone but minors, those known to have criminal intentions, and people who are intoxicated.

Use is barred in public places, across city streets, and in other situations.

Possession is legal except in specified places (churches ...

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.

Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday reads a speech during an evening vigil to honor five slain Dallas police officers at the state Capitol on July 14, 2016.
Austin Police Association President Ken Casaday reads a speech during an evening vigil to honor five slain Dallas police officers at the state Capitol on July 14, 2016.

Vigil Honors Fallen Dallas Police

Law enforcement officials, legislators and citizens formed a sea of blue Thursday night at the state Capitol, raising blue glow sticks in the air during a vigil to honor the lives of the five police officers who were killed in Dallas one week ago.

 

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.

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas on July 12, 2016.
U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during a memorial service following the multiple police shootings in Dallas on July 12, 2016.

Obama, Bush Call for Unity at Dallas Memorial

President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush and Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the best way to honor the lives of the officers is for Americans to put aside their differences and unite. 

Delegate James Blair of Cherokee County open carries a firearm while leaving the Dallas Convention Center at the Republican Party of Texas gathering on May 14, 2016.
Delegate James Blair of Cherokee County open carries a firearm while leaving the Dallas Convention Center at the Republican Party of Texas gathering on May 14, 2016.

Six Months In, Few Open Carry Complaints

Six months ago when properly licensed Texans began openly carrying handguns, anti-gun activists and Second Amendment backers were sharply divided over what to expect. So far, gun owners seem to have the most complaints.

Flowers sit on the dash of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police motorcycle as it is used to block off the scene where, the night before, snipers targeted police officers, killing five, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown.
Flowers sit on the dash of a Dallas Area Rapid Transit police motorcycle as it is used to block off the scene where, the night before, snipers targeted police officers, killing five, after a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest in downtown.

Dallas Attack Tests City's Progress in Police Relations

A fragile peace settled over Dallas one day after a sniper caused the worst loss of police officer lives since September 11, but beneath calls for unity tension simmered.

Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.
Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.

Analysis: Taking Direct Aim at Legislative Business as Usual

Maybe the overnight sit-in that captured Washington’s attention will keep gun control in the news. House Democrats' effort fell short, but as Wendy Davis showed three years ago in Texas, the end of the spectacle isn’t necessarily the end of the fight.

Revisit Our God & Governing Series

In the 2015 Texas legislative session, state lawmakers frequently used their religious beliefs to defend their policymaking. Take a look back at "God & Governing," our documentary-style series on the role lawmakers' personal faith played in their legislating. 

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.