FORT WORTH, Texas - There’s a lively debate going on at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth over whether concealed weapons should be allowed on campus.
Texas law now allows those with licenses to bring concealed handguns onto a public university campus. However, private universities have the option to remain gun-free.
TCU has yet to decide on campus carry, but is expected to do so in November.
Students seemed to be split on the issue at an open forum Thursday night. Supporters argue they should have the right to carry guns to defend themselves. Opponents think the idea is only asking for trouble.
“We’re just as equipped as anyone else at a public institution to take on the rights that are granted to us,” one student said.
“If they want to conceal carry, they have to be 24/7 accountable for the issues that could be causes by their guns,” another student argued.
The school’s vice chancellor for Student Affairs joined Good Day Friday morning to share some insight. Kathy Cavins-Tull said administrators want to give everyone a chance to voice their opinion before a decision is made.
“I really feel like we are having an open conversation on our campus. We all want the same things. We want a safe and healthy campus. Now how we get there is what we are debating,” she said.
Southern Methodist University in Dallas has already decided to remain gun-free.