Lone Star State Legislators just approved a bill that requires colleges — both private and public — to allow people with concealed handgun permits to bring their weapons on campus.
Today, Sean McCutchen, president of Trinity University's Student Government Association, sent out a campus-wide email detailing the update for students.
"In the interest of transparency, it is important to note that the University, by a faculty, staff and board consensus, has stated unequivocally that Trinity will not participate in campus carry unless legally required," McCutchen wrote.
According to McCutchen, the issue isn't about weapons but rather, the freedom to choose.
"I understand the divisive nature of this topic. However, to me the issue present here has very little to do with guns and a lot to do with the freedom to choose," he wrote. "It is my personal belief that each university should be able to have a campus wide discussion on the topic and be able to decide for themselves on what is right for the university.
"You may disagree, which is perfectly reasonable. Either way, our voice needs to be heard."
On January 29, University of Texas Chancellor William H. McRaven sent a letter to Governor Greg Abbott, Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Joe Straus saying the legislation would make campuses less safe.
The Texas Tribune reports that the vote was allowed in exchange for an amendment that gives colleges and universities some control over implementation, including passing bans in limited areas of campus.