UTRGV releases campus carry recommendations approved by Pres. Bailey

EDINBURG — The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley released its recommendations for the implementation and exclusion zones for carrying concealed handguns in its campuses.

University officials are recommending that the exclusion zones include residential facilities, child care facilities, patient care areas, athletic events, laboratories, watercraft, disciplinary grievance hearings, animal care areas and vivariums, programs camps for minors and the mathematics and science academy in Brownsville.

Senate Bill 11 was passed into law last May allowing license holders to carry concealed handguns in higher education institutions in Texas. The law goes into effect Aug. 1, 2016.

Officials also recommended additional implementation measures such as handgun training, mental health services and handgun holding services.

The recommendations have been approved by UTRGV President Guy Bailey and he will present these to the UT Board of Regents later in the Spring for approval.

dperez-hernandez@themonitor.com

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