publication date: Jul. 22, 2016

Health Centers Limit Reach of Texas Law Allowing Guns on University Campuses

This may not be the sort of targeted therapy Texas healthcare institutions wish to be known for, but starting Aug. 1, visitors to designated areas at MD Anderson Cancer Center, UT Southwestern, and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio will be able to carry their guns.

Texas Senate Bill 11, colloquially known as “campus carry,” decrees that “concealed handgun license holders can from now on carry handguns in a concealed fashion at institutions of higher education.”

Controversy in Texas is fueled by belief of some that gun-carrying, law-abiding citizens are owed the opportunity to defend themselves.

On the other side of this debate are doctors who—if an MD Anderson survey is an indication—don’t welcome the opportunity to pack heat, and believe that guns would, in fact, make them less safe in the workplace.

The campus carry law required the UT System institutions to write “reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders” on their campuses. To accomplish this, MD Anderson, UT Southwestern, and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio set up working groups, published detailed policies, and presented them to the UT System Board of Regents for approval.

At 166 pages, MD Anderson’s proposed campus carry policy may strike readers as remarkably detailed. The cancer center’s working group stated that campus carry “creates a risk that the working group respectfully recommends against incurring” and added that the recommendation should not be read as a “tacit criticism of CHL holders’ right to concealed carriage.”

At a meeting July 15, the regents signed off on the following campus carry policies:

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