Baylor Says ‘No’ to Concealed Handguns on Campus

WACO, Texas ― Baylor University President Ken Starr says the Southern Baptist school won’t allow concealed handgun license holders to bring their guns on the Waco, Texas, campus.

Texas lawmakers in 2015 forced the state’s public schools to allow guns inside campus classrooms and buildings but allowed private schools to continue banning them. Baylor announced the school’s position on Tuesday.

Baylor is just the latest large private school to ban guns. Southern Methodist, Rice and Texas Christian universities previously announced they will ban weapons.

The law takes effect Aug. 1. State lawmakers said when they passed the bill they wanted to respect the property rights of private schools.

Several public schools, notably the University of Texas at Austin, have seen fierce protests to guns on campus from faculty, students and staff.