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Students' Opinion on Gun Policies Vary Amid Recent Mass Shooting

With the recent school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida and the resurgence in grass-roots gun control movements, Islanders are wondering how safe the Island is and what exactly the gun policies are for the campus.

According to the UPD’s Weapons Regulations, “a handgun license holder under Chapter 411, Texas Government Code, may carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder’s person while the license holder is on a member campus or in a member vehicle, unless prohibited by state or federal law, or the member’s campus carry rule.”

Also, according to UPD’s Weapons Regulations, other weapons are not permitted on the 'premises' of any member, grounds or building on which an activity sponsored by a member is being conducted, or in a member passenger transportation vehicle, unless pursuant to written authorization of the member in accordance of concealed carry on certain parts of the campus, the responses were varied.

For freshman biomedical science major Holly Massey, students and staff should be able to have concealed carry on campus.

“First, I support the second amend- ment,” Massey said. “Second, I would personally feel more safe with peo- ple being allowed to protect them- selves (and others) without relying and depending on an outside force that may or may not be present at the time.”

In contrast with Massey, there were other students who felt the opposite.

“I think that’s a terrible idea,” se- nior English major Alexxis Abad said. “You have so many people with anxi- ety, depression and anger issues that shouldn’t be near any weapons.”

In the middle of this gun control debate are students like sophomore marine biology major Hannah Or- gan and junior chemistry major Zondria Tuggles.

“I understand having them (guns and/or other weapons) for protec- tion,” Tuggles said. “But not every- one who has weapons has them to protect themselves.”

34.06.02 Weapons Page 2 of 3 with this regulation.”

But the prohibition stated above ex- cludes a concealed handgun carried by a license holder in accordance with state and federal law and the mem- ber’s campus carry rule.

In short, the UPD allows for concealed carry but does not allow for open car- ry on campus regardless if the weap- on holder meets all requirements for gun carrying.

When students were asked how they felt about the university’s allow

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