Starting Monday, Texas joins more than a half dozen states that allow concealed handguns to be carried at some colleges, reports the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram. Even though fall classes don’t begin for a few weeks, signs are posted at Texas colleges laying out the new law of the land and noting whether guns are off-limits or not. “I think we are ready,” said Aric Short, a vice dean at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth.
Private colleges such as Texas Christian University and Texas Wesleyan University were allowed to opt out of the law, which they did. Public universities were allowed to designate gun-free zones on part but not all of the campus, which they did. “The first few months will be tense, as law enforcement, administrators and gun carriers sort out the process and get used to the idea,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston, one of many schools that will allow campus carry. “After that, short of some high-profile incident, most people will forget about it.”