UTRGV students to deal with campus carry law

BROWNSVILLE — As the fall semester approaches, students at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will have one more thing to study up on: campus carry.

As of Aug. 1, students with concealed carry licenses can now bring their weapons onto campus, as long as they adhere to the exclusionary zones.

The fall semester begins Aug. 29.

The university will not be any less safe because of the new law, UTRGV Police Chief Raul Munguia said.

“I come from a major city, and I never had any issues there. It’s just an extension of the concealed carry law already in effect. Something people don’t realize is that when they’re shopping, there are concealed carry weapons around, they just don’t know it,” Munguia said.

Although there is no way to tell, Munguia estimates the number of gun owners on campus will be small.

In the dormitories, concealed handguns are required to be in an authorized safe installed by the physical plant. But no requests for safes have been made so far, Munguia said.

The university follows a system-wide policy regarding campus carry, but each campus has add-ons to the policy, such as the exclusionary zones.

At UTRGV, some areas a person cannot bring a weapon into include the child care facilities, the chemical laboratories, the UTRGV Mathematics and Science Academy and athletic events.

Signage has been placed outside any building where the zones are in effect, Munguia said.

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