UT chancellor concerned over proposed handgun law

February 25, 2011 10:54:21 AM PST
University of Texas System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa says he is worried that a proposal to allow concealed handguns on college campuses could make schools potentially unsafe. In a letter released Friday, Cigarroa expressed his concern to Texas Gov. Rick Perry and state lawmakers. The Legislature is considering bills that would allow people with concealed handgun licenses, including students and staff, to carry their weapons into campus buildings.

Cigarroa says parents, faculty and campus law enforcement agencies have expressed concern that the law could lead to an increase in campus violence.

Supporters say the law would be a critical self-defense measure that might help avoid shootings on the scale of the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007.