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To Protest Guns on Campus, Students in Texas Are Carrying Big, Fake Penises to Class

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the campus carry bill, Senate Bill 11, into law June 1, 2015. Lobbied for by guns rights groups like Open Carry Texas, the law gives students with concealed handgun licenses in Texas at public colleges the right to carry their firearms to school — or in other words, students with the proper paperwork can bring guns (so long as they are hidden in a backpack, a purse, or under clothing) into class. While openly carrying long guns (not handguns) is legal in the state of Texas, it’s still illegal to openly carry a firearm on Texas campuses.

Campus carry allows each university a bit of wiggle room to tailor the way the law is enacted on their campus. University of Texas President Gregory Fenves has been clear about his opposition to campus carry, and while he legally couldn’t opt his university out of abiding by it, UT’s policies regarding campus carry, announced in February, are some of the tightest of any school in the state. “I do not believe handguns belong on a university campus, so this decision has been the greatest challenge of my presidency to date,” he wrote in a letter that accompanied the policy list. Various spaces around UT, including campus dorms and faculty offices, are designated as “gun-free” zones. But professors aren’t allowed to designate their classrooms as gun-free, and since the bill became law, at least three UT professors, including one college dean, have left UT, citing campus carry as the reason. Numbers on how many students may have left UT or decided to go to another school aren’t available.

Nine other states also have campus carry laws. Aside from Texas, students who go to public schools in Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Tennessee, and Wisconsin can carry concealed handguns around their campuses. a Lopez, a 19-year-old pre-med sophomore and co-founder of Students Against Campus Carry, was one of a few student organizers chosen by Jin to handle all the logistics of pulling off a protest the size of Cocks Not Glocks. The Facebook event page that Jin made as a joke last October had more than 10,000 people marked as “attending,” and since Jin moved to San Francisco for work after graduating, she needed people on the ground in Austin making sure UT students were properly armed (with dildos) for class.

– Cosmopolitan

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