UT System Chancellor Reiterates Concern About Guns In Classrooms

AUSTIN (March 13, 2013)--University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa is reiterating his concern that allowing concealed handguns into college classrooms would make universities more dangerous.

Texas House lawmakers will hold a Thursday hearing to consider several bills allowing concealed handgun license holders to carry their guns into campus buildings where they are now banned.

Cigarroa wrote to Gov. Rick Perry this week, saying that students, parents, faculty and law enforcement officers all worry that allowing guns will make campus less safe.

He wrote a similar letter in 2011 when earlier campus gun bills were debated.

Those bills ultimately failed.

Supporters of the campus gun bills consider it a gun rights issue and necessary for self-defense in case of a campus shooter.

Thursday's hearing is before the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety.

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