One year since campus carry was adopted at public universities in Texas, authorities in the state claim the law has not impacted campuses in any significant way.
“We have had no incidents since the law passed or since the law went into effect of criminal acts by license-to-carry holders,” Ed Reynolds, Chief of the University of North Texas Police Department, told the Denton Record-Chronicle.
“We have had cases that involved weapons on campus, but the individuals that were carrying were not license-to-carry holders,” Reynolds told the paper.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the law — which allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms — in 2015. But the law, which took effect in August 2016, allows each public university to create its own implementation process and policy.
At UNT, one of Texas’s largest universities, individuals are prohibited from carrying concealed handguns within several areas on campus, like places of religious worship or locations that hold events with at least 200 people, according to the newspaper. They are also banned from medical facilities and sporting events. The university requires that carriers have their license present at all times.
Reynolds told the paper he has heard “very little concerns or complaints” since the law took effect, and Texas Woman’s University Police Chief Samuel Garrison also said there has been no significant change on that campus.