Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued an opinion Monday, saying the banning of guns in college dorms likely violates the “campus carry” law that goes into effect in August 2016.
In an opinion sent to state Sen. Brian Birdwell, Paxton said “If a public institution of higher education placed a prohibition on handguns in the institution’s campus residential facilities, it would effectively prohibit license holders in those facilities from carrying concealed handguns on campus, in violation of the express terms of Senate Bill 11.”
The University of Texas at Austin’s Campus Carry Policy Working Group presented their recommendations to President Gregory Fenves on Dec. 10. While recommending handguns not be in on-campus dorms, the group concluded it could not recommend banning handguns from classrooms.
Several private universities in Texas, including Southwestern University in Georgetown, have opted out of campus carry.