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'No Evidence Shows Concealed Weapons Stop College Violence' - University

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University of North Texas Spokeswoman Kelley Reese says that there is no real evidence that depicts the presence of Texas students carrying concealed weapons would reduce violence on college campuses.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — There is no real evidence that depicts the presence of Texas students carrying concealed weapons would reduce violence on college campuses, University of North Texas Spokeswoman Kelley Reese told Sputnik.

“There is no credible evidence to suggest that the presence of students carrying concealed weapons would reduce violence on our college campuses,” Reese said on Thursday, citing a 2008 statement from the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators.

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Reese said he believes additional research and a careful review of risk factors by campus public safety stakeholders are the important first steps to determine any impact in letting concealed firearms be carried on college campuses.

The University of North Texas believes in providing a safe and welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors, while taking charge in propelling the next generations of Texans forward through knowledge, Reese added.

On Wednesday, the Texas conceal-to-carry college law, also known as Senate Bill 17, was given preliminary approval by the Texas Senate after being passed on Monday. The bill is set to be signed into law by Texas Governor Greg Abbott after one final trip through the Texas legislature for any possible amendments.

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