Statements on Campus-Carry Legislation


In fall 2015, the Executive Council endorsed the MLA’s joining with twenty-eight other scholarly societies to oppose legislation that would facilitate carrying handguns on college campuses. It also issued its own statement on Texas’s campus carry law.

Statement Condemning Texas SB11 (“Campus Carry Law”)

The Modern Language Association joins other scholarly organizations in condemning Texas SB11, which allows licensed handgun carriers to bring concealed handguns into buildings on Texas campuses. Not only have such laws been proven to actually increase the likelihood of violence in general, but we as educators are also deeply concerned that the presence of handguns on college campuses may severely and negatively impact freedom of speech and academic freedom, creating a climate of intimidation and causing undue caution, particularly with regard to discussions of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, and sexuality.

Our clear preference would be for the repeal of this law. Until such time, we urge university and…

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