In Texas, TCU Opts Out of Campus Carry–Others May Follow

By Woody published on in News

Parents nationwide who love the 2nd Amendment and are trying to decide which college to pay for should know that, despite a new Texas law that takes effect in August 2016, their CHL-equipped college-age children will not be allowed to carry concealed weapons on the grounds of Texas Christian University, based in Fort Worth.

Texas Law Shield and U.S. Law Shield reported that the TCU Board of Trustees voted Friday, November 13, to reject the new campus-carry law, which takes effect August 2016, and only applies to concealed weapon license-holders. Public universities can’t opt out, but the public entities can designate “gun free” zones on campus. Private universities can opt-out altogether.

The presidents of Rice and SMU have said their schools would also seek to restrict the exercise of campus carry on their grounds using the opt-out process.

Baylor University President Ken Starr recently said he had “little doubt” they would also opt out.

“My own view is that it is a very unwise public policy, with all due respect to those who feel strongly (and) very, very rooted in constitutional values as they see them,” Starr said. “We’re here as seats of learning, and I do not think this is helpful.”

Here’s the Nov. 13 statement from TCU’s Board of Trustees:

Texas Christian University’s Board of Trustees met today to discuss and implement strategies that further strengthen the innovations and global initiatives of the institution.

One item of discussion was Senate Bill 11, commonly known as “campus carry.” The bill amends the Government and Penal Code to allow handgun license owners to carry a concealed gun on college and university campuses. As stipulated in the legislation, private universities may choose to opt out following input from the campus community.

To insure all constituents had an opportunity to register their opinions, TCU conducted a host of debates, open forums and surveys and requested input from its governance groups to determine the community’s desired outcome regarding SB 11.

Based on this feedback, the Board of Trustees voted today to opt out of participation in SB 11. As a result of this vote, the University’s policy prohibiting guns on campus remains in effect. The University will now begin the process of defining all strategies and policies associated with this Board decision.

Kathy Cavins-Tull, vice chancellor for student affairs, said, “It was quite clear that no matter which side of the issue each person felt was best, all cared deeply about the safety of the community.”

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Comments (54)

  • Which Colleges Allow Guns on Campus


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  • Dan


    Sooner or later these universities will realize they are shooting themselves in the foot…hopefully sooner.


  • T. H. Gray


    You’d think the carnage at the Oregon school would be a wake up call for academicians. As one who worked at two universities, and one was in Texas, I found that most Liberals are not clear thinkers. The “let’s bury our head in the sand” mentally is prolific on every campus regardless of the home state’s political ideology. God help the children at TCU, SMU and Baylor. Fortunately my last child just finished her degree in Dallas and it wasn’t from SMU. I thought the Methodists had more sense. Guess not.


  • Sam I Am


    Different times, and completely different people; can’t extrapolate into the future. Current social culture is the dominant force in politics (look at how the so-called conservative party [Republican] touts themselves as Democrat-lite, and gets huffy if the mob doesn’t come along).

    The Supreme Court rules the nation significantly more than not. Gun rights are not assured by a 5-4 split. The salient lesson is that the court reflects the public on 2A. All it takes is one justice replaced, and somehow the SC will find it imperative that previous 2A decisions must be re-visited, right now. A case will move quickly through the courts. Take a look at how many district judges are ignoring Heller. The intent is to establish that there is conflict in the districts, and require the SC to “clarify”.

    When this country is split nearly 50-50 on gun rights, we can be assured the same type people who populated the colonies are no longer the majority.(One can almost imagine that given the number of “mass shootings” that have occurred this year alone, there must be a coordinator somewhere acting as agent provocateur).

    Watch closely the president. He will issue executive orders soon, restricting gun rights even more because….guns. He can use the power of the commerce clause to regulate interstate commerce to completely shut down the gun industry. The commerce clause has done some good regulating trucking and railroads, and ending segregation (US vs. Heart Of Dixie Motel pivoted on a toothpick). The commerce clause also has a reputation for abuse, where the SC declared that refusal to participate in commerce was/is unconstitutional. Twisting the clause to allow complete gun registration, establishing a gun owner database, requiring “good cause”, mandating gun confiscation (because people who own guns do not have a permit), you name it. The Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC) is in the executive branch, subject to executive orders.

    These are grievous times, and slogans and shouting are ineffective in overcoming a determined government. And that government will not forget Bundy ranch. An embarrassed government is like a wounded bear; rogue.


  • RPK


    Places of worship and religious affiliated locations such as a “Christian” college are soft targets and more than likely at the head of the heap when terroristic acts or acts by a lone wolf gunmen occur because they are less likely to have armed members, colleagues, students and a very limited police department when it comes to resources to combat evil acts. I see NO PURPOSE in publicly “outting” themselves that this is the case at TCU. I do NOT agree with their stand on this issue, but I do respect their right to “opt out”. Let us all desire TCU to be a safe place to learn, work and give praise to the One who gave us free will. God Bless Texas!


  • george from fort worth


    when you have a president and a political party hell-bent on subjugating the US to international rule, a UN peace keeping mission in the US, using US assets will be much more efficient than any other UN mission to date. do not put too much faith that the US military and LEO members will be all that resistant. there will be court cases trying to overturn the decision by the US to allow UN supremacy, but the SC already ruled several times that treaties can be used to override state laws that devolve (by 14th amendment) from the central government. prior to this president, the UN did not have a willing partner in subjugation of the US.


  • AnyMouse


    In the 9120s, the Supreme Court began ruling that the 14th Amendment stretched the constitution to the states, with some small exceptions. With that ruling, the union moved from a federation of sovereign states to a nation with a powerful central government served by political sub-divisions called “states”. The once-sovereign states became provinces.


  • Nick


    You should put it in context for ignorant liberal journalist.
    Let’s say California passed a state law that said slavery is illegal except on certain large plantations. Then those people that live or work on these large plantations, just like on these private universities could be denied their freedom.


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