We’ve received another leaked document from an administrative official in Texas’ university system looking at the implementation of the state’s recently enacted campus carry law. This time it’s from David E. Daniel, former President of UT-Dallas, now Deputy Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer of the UT System. Daniel’s strangely titled document – A “Strawman” Approach to Exclusion Zones – contains a familiar list of potential “gun-free” zones: patient care areas, child care facilities (for the children), laboratories with dangerous chemicals, etc. And then there are some less “understandable” inclusions. Animal care facilities? And . . .
Recreational Facilities – CHL holders must remove their weapon in order to clothe appropriately for recreational activity and, thus, will not have their weapon in possession most of the time they are using the facility. It is often impractical to retrofit facilities to provide private weapon storage facilities and risky in terms of potential for accidental discharge of weapon in heavily used facilities.
I guess the UT COO doesn’t trust students to store their firearm in . . . wait for it . . . gym lockers. The last statement reflects the commonly-held belief (among antis) that removing a firearm from concealment for storage is like landing a plane in a hurricane. More generally, I reckon the UT jefe is opposed to anyone so much as seeing a gun. Even in an open carry state (after 1/1/16).
The document also recommends expanding the existing ban on firearms at sporting events to include intra- as well as inter-collegiate competitive sporting events including club and intramural sports. Got a gun? No sweat.
Daniels recommends mandatory university-approved “storage lockers” in residential halls and apartments, perhaps requiring biometric safes “so that a misplaced key cannot be used to access the weapon by a non-CHL holder.”
Again, these are still just proposals, regulations that are not yet adopted by the Texas university system. Still, they reveal academics’ antipathy to firearms, and their desire to restrict campus carry as much as possible. For safety’s sake.