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What UNT will do next about campus carry

What UNT will do next about campus carry

November 05
21:39 2015

Rachele Blick  | Staff Writer


The Campus Carry Task Force will begin to develop its campus carry policy following the open-floor meetings where officials heard from the university community on the issue.

Dr. Eric Fritsch, the chairman of the task force, said the 23-member committee will meet over the next six to seven weeks, during which time the university’s campus carry policy will be outlined. He added that students, faculty and staff may continue to give the university feedback on it its website.

“We want everyone’s input, but we’ll also now have to draft the policy,” Fritsch said.

Student Government Association president Adam Alattry said an SGA member will attend each of the meetings to represent the student body.

Among the objectives the task force must complete is what to do about so-called “gun-free zones,” the areas on campus where concealed handgun owners will be forbidden to carry their weapons. The law takes effect August 2016.

When the task force drafts the policy, it will move to UNT President Neal Smatresk’s desk for approval. The Board of Regents will then decide whether or not to enact the policy.

“The Board of Regents will meet in February 2016, and it will be final at that point and time,” said Fritsch.

Once the policy is official, there will be a subcommittee in charge of training students, faculty and staff. Dr. Fritsch said this will also be a part of orientation for incoming students and parents.

The education, said Dr. Fritsch, will not end between February and August. Rather, there will be an ongoing education for years and years to come.

Featured Image: UNT campus carry task force chair and criminal justice professor Eric Fritsch goes over the campus carry requirements at the first town hall style forum regarding the new law at the Gateway Center. Kristen Watson | DRC

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