Texas Wesleyan opts out of campus carry

Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth announced Friday that it will opt out of the state’s new campus carry law, making it the 21st private college to decide to continue to ban guns.  

So far, none of the 38 private schools in Texas have made the opposite decision.  

Senate Bill 11, which passed this year, allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry handguns in campus buildings. Public universities must comply with the law, which goes into effect Aug. 1, but private colleges could opt out after consulting with students and faculty.  

Texas Wesleyan’s decision was approved by its board of trustees during its regular spring meeting. 

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“The feedback received from members of our campus community was overwhelmingly in favor of remaining a gun-free campus,” President Frederick Slabach said in a statement.  

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/01/22/texas-wesleyan-opts-out-campus-carry/.