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Legally armed: What it’s like going to uni when the students carry guns

Nov 8, 2017 by

By James Purtill –

When Ana Lopez goes into a lecture, she checks the exit. Then she studies her fellow students for cowboys.

“I’m looking at the frat boys and country-looking kids,” she says.

At University of Texas, where Ana is studying pre-law, students have been allowed to carry handguns on campus since August last year, after the state passed controversial ‘campus carry’ laws. They must be over 21, licensed gun owners, and keep their firearms concealed while in public.

Ana and the other anti-gun activists don’t know how many guns are on campus or who is packing heat, though it’s estimated it could be as low as 2 per cent of students.

Uncertainty over who is ‘carrying’ has only deepened the sense of unease, Ana said.

“I’m already stressed out from midterm exams and my grades and social life and now I have to worry about whether someone’s gun is going to discharge into my leg in English class and it’s not fair,” she said.

“The passage of this law has caused me to profile people more than I should.”

Texas gun laws are some of the most relaxed in the US. Concealed carry was recently replaced with ‘open carry’, meaning sidearms can be worn visibly in public.

Source: Legally armed: What it’s like going to uni when the students carry guns – Hack – triple j

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