- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

More than 160 University of Texas professors have signed a petition vowing to ban their students from carrying guns to class, despite a new law that allows them to do so.

University of Texas at Austin professor Joan Neuberger has spearheaded opposition to a new law passed by the Texas legislature that requires public universities to allow Concealed Handgun License holders to carry their concealed handguns on campus, Campus Reform reported.

Ms. Neuberger leads anti-campus carry group Gun-Free UT, which is hosting a protest at UT Austin on Thursday, Campus Reform said.

The group created a Change.org petition that has racked up more than 2,300 signatures.

“We oppose guns in our classrooms as a direct assault on our free speech rights,” the petition states. “The University must be a safe place for people of all views and backgrounds to express their views WITHOUT FEAR.”

According to SB11, which goes into effect Aug. 1 of next year, “the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in [Texas] shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution.”

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