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Students for Concealed Carry is a student-run, national, non-partisan organization which advocates for legal concealed carry on college campuses in the United States as an effective means of self-defense.

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AUSTIN, TX – The media is downright giddy to report that a University of Texas professor plans to resign over the state’s new “campus carry” law; however, none of that reporting has yet to ask how this professor so quickly lined up a new job at the University of Sydney in Australia or why a professor who teaches only first-semester freshmen is concerned about a law affecting licensed individuals over the age of 21.

Economics professor emeritus Daniel Hamermesh officially retired in 2014, but for the past two years he has continued teaching one class each fall semester. He says he had planned to keep teaching this class for the next two falls, until the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which allows concealed handgun license holders to carry handguns on the campuses of Texas colleges. In his resignation letter to UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves, Hamermesh writes, “With a huge group of students, my perception is that the risk that a disgruntled student might bring a gun into the classroom and start shooting at me has been substantially enhanced by the concealed-carry law.”

Speaking to the unusual size (as many as 500 students) of Hamermesh’s annual class, his letter notes, “In some semesters these groups of 18-year-olds constituted the largest single course on campus.” This prompted Antonia Okafor, Southwest director for Students for Concealed Carry, to ask, “Why is Professor Hamermesh worried that allowing CHL holders to carry guns on campus will increase his chances of being shot by students who are too young to obtain a CHL?”

Given that Professor Hamermesh tendered his resignation only two semesters earlier than planned and now intends to take a job at an elite university halfway around the world, his decision to publicly blame a law that would not have impacted his classes reeks of political opportunism. Opponents of campus carry needed a martyr, and they found one in a professor who was on his way out anyway.


Related Documents:

SCC’s 2015 Texas Legislative Handout

What Can Past Crimes on College Campuses Teach Us About Campus Carry?

Requirements to Obtain a Texas Concealed Handgun License (July 2013)

Locations Where Concealed Carry is Prohibited in the State of Texas (July 2013)

Statistics on Texas CHLs Age 18-23 (January 2015)

Texas CHL Crime Statistics (1996-2013)

SCC’s Website Rebutting the 2015 TV Commercial from Everytown for Gun Safety


(Dallas, Texas) – This week Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) announced that Antonia Okafor, a graduate student at The University of Texas at Dallas, will be the Southwest Regional Director and Texas State Director effective immediately.

Antonia has already hit the ground running, debuting her first news appearance on Al Jeezera America, debating Colin Goddard of Everytown for Gun Safety, in favor of the campus concealed carry law recently passed in Texas.

Antonia graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas with a Bachelors of Arts degree in international political economy and currently studies public policy as a graduate student. Her passion to protect student’s gun rights was exemplified during the recent Texas legislative session where she had the opportunity to advocate for campus concealed carry in the general assembly. Antonia is actively involved on campus as a Leadership Institute Campus Reform Correspondent, founder and President of the Network of enlightened Women chapter and a former Resident Assistant. She is also extensively involved in her hometown and state level politics, having served in and volunteered for several key political races and positions.

“Madison [Welch, outgoing Texas and Southwest Regional Director] did a fantastic job this legislative session helping to right a wrong and move the ball downfield,” said Michael Newbern, SCC board member at large. “Antonia’s experience and network will help her carry on Students SCC’s efforts in Texas. We’re already making plans to further the great work Madison did and are confident Antonia is the best person for the job.”




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