More than a dozen states have considered measures this year to allow the carrying of concealed weapons on college campuses, but so far only Texas has approved a new campus-carry law, the Los Angeles Times reports. Texas legislators overwhelmingly approved the legislation last week, and Gov. Greg Abbott said he will sign it. It would take effect in August 2016. Texas would join seven other states that already allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college campuses — Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin, says the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Nineteen other states ban concealed weapons on campuses, including California, Florida and New York. The remaining 23 states, including Alabama and Arizona, leave campus-carry decisions to college officials or their state boards of regents. “For something that was such a big priority for the [National Rifle Association] this year, this was a failure,” said Laura Cutilletta of the San Francisco-based Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Opponents of such laws say that allowing more guns on campus does little to improve security and instead makes it more likely that shootings will occur, including accidental gunfire and suicides.