Trinity University opts out of campus carry law

University upholds longstanding ban on weapons on campus

By David Ibanez - Web - Managing Editor

SAN ANTONIO - Trinity University officials have decided to opt out of the new campus carry law.

Beginning Aug. 1, individuals with concealed handgun licenses will be allowed to to carry a weapon on college campuses. The new law includes a provision that allows private universities, like Trinity, to opt out.

The university's ban on firearms extends to licensed individuals who are allowed under a new law that went into effect on Jan. 1 to openly carry a handgun. As required by state law, Trinity posted new signs at entrances of campus stating its policy.

"Trinity will retain its longstanding policy that prohibits any type of weapon or firearm on the premises of our campus," Trinity University President Danny Anderson said. "The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our highest priority. A weapons-free environment is the best learning environment for a residential campus like Trinity University. The university actively works to ensure that all members of the Trinity community have a safe and secure place to thrive, learn, live, and work."

The university last fall consulted with various groups and held a campus forum to gather input from the Trinity community. The groups then overwhelmingly passed resolutions or provided input in opposition to campus carry.

Two other private universities in San Antonio, the University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary's University, also opted out of the law.
 

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