Texas university has first known firearm incident since campus carry started

A Texas university experienced a firearm incident involving a licensed to carry student on Wednesday, making it the first known on-campus incident with a firearm in the state since the campus carry law went into effect in Texas Aug. 1.

Tarleton State University released a statement, sharing that the university’s “utmost concern is for the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff, and the university takes every precaution to provide as safe an environment as possible.”

The holder self-reported the incident, according to the statement. The accidental discharge occurred in the campus residence hall, Integrity Hall, with no injuries and “minimal” damage, university spokesman Harry Battson said in a prepared statement.

For now, the university is responding to the incident by following policies and making “every effort to assure the safety of our people.”

Tarleton State allows licensed concealed carry holders to have guns in classrooms, faculty offices, gyms and dorms, as long as they install a steel safe that locks electronically to store the weapons, according to the university’s website.



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