Howard Payne University has joined a list of nearly every other private colleges in the state of Texas that has decided to opt out of campus carry when the law goes into effect less than a month from now.
Howard Payne’s Board of Trustees voted to opt out of Texas’ new state law that permits individuals who have obtained a concealed handgun license to carry their loaded, concealed weapon in college and university buildings. The law will go into effect Aug. 1.
With that, the university in Brownwood now joins 32 other private colleges that will prohibit the law on its school grounds.
According to the Texas Tribune’s most recent posting, Amberton University, Dallas Baptist University, Southwestern Adventist University and Southwestern Assemblies of God are still undecided. Those schools will have to make their decision before the first day in August.
Of the 38 schools, East Texas Baptist University is the lone college to allow campus carry to some members — only through a certain stipulation.
According to a statement excerpt from ETBU posted onto the Tribune: some staff and faculty will be allowed to carry guns if they receive approval from (Blair Blackburn, president), and submit to a psychological evaluation and participate in an annual active shooter response scenario.
“We have collectively determined that the Opt Out, Authorize In provides the greatest level of safety and security to our student body and university community,” Blackburn said.