- Associated Press - Friday, November 13, 2015

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Texas Christian University has opted out of the state’s new law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses - believed to be the first major private college to do so.

The Board of Trustees voted Friday to reject the law, which was approved by the GOP-controlled Legislature but which private universities can forgo.

The vote followed what TCU called “a host of debates, open forums and surveys.”

The law takes effect next August, and only applies to concealed weapon license-holders.

Other private schools are expected to follow suit. The presidents of Rice and Southern Methodist Universities have said the schools would remain gun free pending the opt out process.

Public universities can’t opt out. Amid their staunch opposition, however, lawmakers included a provision letting them designate “gun free” zones on campus.

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