General Counsel: UIW will opt out of state’s campus carry law

University of the Incarnate Word’s Board of Trustees will be asked to consider opting out of the state’s law allowing people with gun licenses to carry concealed weapons on campus.

That’s the stance General Counsel Cyndi Escamilla is recommending to Dr. Lou J. Agnese Jr., UIW’s longtime president, when he approaches the board about the matter.

“The University of the Incarnate Word plans to follow the statute which allows private universities to consult with university students, faculty and staff with the recommendation that we opt out of campus carry,” Escamilla wrote in a statement.

The Campus Carry law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in June, allows students at public-funded universities such as the University of Texas-San Antonio to carry their concealed weapons in some areas of the campus starting August 2016. Universities can declare some areas of a campus “gun free,” but not the entire campus.

Under the law, private universities in the city such as UIW, St. Mary’s, Our Lady of the Lake, and Trinity have the option to keep guns off campus altogether. School presidents – such as Agnese — can write “reasonable rules, regulations or other provisions” related to guns after consulting students, staff and faculty.

The board is meeting in October but Escamilla said she believes Dec. 4 will be the earliest the matter will be on the board’s agenda.


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