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Lewis: Texas Tech students not overly concerned about campus carry law

LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Fifth Circuit Court of appeals upholds it's initial ruling on Texas' campus carry law, allowing each institution to make it's own rules on where weapons are permitted. 

The law went into effect at four year universities in August of 2016. Sean Lewis, with Texas Tech's Student Government Association, says at first students were concerned. The school teaches the law extensively, and Lewis says that's helped students adjust.  

 "We made sure we educated them on what the aspects of that law were, how that affects a student on campus, and how that affects their red raider experience. We're continuously doing education. I believe students understand the law and have a good understanding of how it affects them," Lewis said. 

In order to keep a weapon on campus, you need a license to carry. The weapon must be concealed at all times and carriers need to avoid exclusionary zones. Those include sporting events on campus, government meetings, any counseling centers and research laboratories. 

"Weapons won't be present where there are any minors. Weapons won't be present when there is alcohol involved. I haven't had or heard of many complaints of many students seeing someone walk around with a weapon visibly and open carrying," Lewis said. 

He also said the law won't take a big hit on the enrollment numbers for the university. 

"The education never stops. We have new students coming in every single year. We have an obligation to educate them on all aspects and all laws at Texas Tech University but specifically this campus carry law," Lewis said. 

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of Texas Tech's campus carry law, click here

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