Faculty Senate votes against guns on campus

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TCU’s Faculty Senate voted against campus carry at its meeting Thursday, with some members saying the group’s resolution didn’t go far enough.

TCU has been weighing its choices in light of a new Texas law that allows people with concealed handgun permits to carry their weapons on college campuses. Private institutions, such as TCU, can opt out, but only after a community-wide debate.

Thursday’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college was mentioned briefly during the meeting, but the recommendation was agreed upon prior to the meeting.

“The Faculty Senate recommends to the chancellor and the Board of Trustees that concealed firearms not be allowed on campus and that TCU opt out of the campus carry provision of Texas Senate Bill 11,” wrote the resolution that will be adopted by the Faculty Senate.

The motion to adopt the recommendation passed with only three senators opposed and two in abstention. The Faculty Senate polled faculty opinion through email.

They said the faculty opinion showed a large majority against campus carry but would not reveal actual numbers, citing confidentiality.

A few senators argued that faculty members in favor of adopting the campus carry law were discouraged to vote because they knew the majority would support opting out of the law.

The Faculty Senate also discussed creating a new committee to look at campus safety.

They will talk more about campus safety after the chancellor and the Board of Trustees make their decision regarding the campus carry law.