UT student claims pistol left in bathroom as a second pistol turns up


A holstered pistol left Tuesday in a women’s bathroom at the University of Texas McCombs School of Business has been claimed by a student who has a license to carry a handgun, according to UT police.

Meanwhile, the police said Wednesday that they received another report of a pistol found unattended in a women’s bathroom, this time at the Commons Learning Center on UT’s Pickle Research Campus, about 9 miles north of the main campus.

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Police said they would work with the Texas Department of Public Safety and the dean of students to determine the “future course of administrative action” regarding the student who claimed the handgun left on top of a toilet paper dispenser in a restroom stall at the McCombs Graduate School of Business building.

“UTPD will determine if charges can be filed against the owner,” the UT Police Department said in a statement.

UT police have retrieved the gun at the Pickle campus and found the owner, described as “a non-UT affiliate attending a conference at the Commons. UTPD will report the incident to DPS who will take administrative action. UTPD will determine if charges can be filed.”

It’s legal for someone licensed to carry a handgun to do so in a concealed manner at public colleges and universities in Texas. But the open carry or display of a handgun at an institution of higher education is a violation of state law.



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