Banning of Handguns on College Campuses in the State of Texas




Moreno, Jason

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Law Enforcement Management Institute of Texas (LEMIT)


The State of Texas does not allow the carrying of handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education at this time. Some feel they should be allowed to carry handguns for the safety and security of the people; however, firearms cause more of a problem, rather than a solution. The allowance of handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education can hinder the learning process in classrooms, place students with mental illness in reach of handguns, place untrained people with handguns in situations they are not prepared for, and, if an emergency situation arises, such as an active shooter, can cause confusion among police officers when responding. There are many counter points argued when discussing this issue. Some of these counter points would be that it would make the institution of higher education a safer place. Another counter point to banning handguns on campus would be that it is the 2nd amendment right of each citizen to carry a handgun. While these are valid points, there are other arguments that would suggest otherwise. Taking into consideration that institutions of higher education are primarily for learning, the safety of the students and staff need to be considered. The learning environment needs to remain free from the threat of weapons in the classroom. After researching the topic of handguns on campuses of institutes of higher education, the State of Texas should continue to ban the possession of firearms on the campuses of institutions of higher education.



Firearms, Firearms -- law and legislation