St. Edward’s University announces opting out of campus carry

FILE - St. Edward's University (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - St. Edward's University (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — St. Edward’s University has just announced that they will not be partaking in campus carry.

Their decision to prohibit guns on campus came after the Bill passed in 2015 and will go into effect in August. Open carry was also passed in Texas last year and began Jan. 1.

In a press release St. Edward’s officials said allowing students to carry guns on campus creates safety concerns that impede “a positive learning environment.”

Unlike public Texas schools, private institutions are allowed to “opt out” under the newly implemented law. According to St. Edward’s they are in agreement with others who are against the law, including the Texas Associated of College and University Police Administrators.

Many public schools like the University of Texas at Austin have implemented a series of recommendations and policy suggestions to keep students safe while carrying handguns on campus.

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