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University of Texas allows guns in classrooms

University of Texas allows guns in classrooms
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The University of Texas at Austin has begrudgingly agreed to allow students to carry guns into classrooms, months after state lawmakers passed a bill...

Chicago: The University of Texas at Austin has begrudgingly agreed to allow students to carry guns into classrooms, months after state lawmakers passed a bill outlawing gun bans at public universities.

"I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date," university president Gregory Fenves said in a statement on Wednesday.

"I empathize with the many faculty members, staffers, students and parents of students who signed petitions, sent emails and letters, and organised to ban guns from campus and especially classrooms."

Some faculty members have threatened to quit rather than allow students to carry guns in their classrooms, saying the presence of such weapons is too threatening in an environment that is meant to encourage debate.

Troubled former Marine Charles Whitman killed 14 people and wounded some 30 others after opening fire from an observation platform on the university's clock tower in 1966.

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