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University of St. Thomas is one of a handful of private universities in Texas that have opted out of the campus carry law.
University of St. Thomas is one of a handful of private universities in Texas that have opted out of the campus carry law.
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University of St. Thomas Opts Out Of Campus Carry Bill

The University of St. Thomas has opted out of the state's campus carry law, the Houston Chronicle reported yesterday. 

"The safety of each of us is our university's most basic responsibility," Roberty Ivany, president of the Catholic university, said in a statement. "The clear majority of our representatives asked me to 'opt-out' of this legislation, which we will do."

St. Thomas joins several private universities that have decided they'd be better off without guns, including Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, Baylor, and Rice. Private universities are allowed to opt-out of the campus carry bill that passed the state legislature in May and goes into effect August 2016. 

Many public universities have also indicated that they'd rather not have guns on campus, including the state's flagship University of Texas campus in Austin, and while they can't "opt-out" they have still been trying to find ways to ban guns on most parts of campus or circumvent the new law entirely.

But an Attorney General ruling issued Monday prohibited them from banning guns in campus dorms and most classrooms, making it clear that public universities pretty much have their hands tied. 

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