In displaying his handgun, UT student triggered an investigation

When The New York Times wrote about campus carry at the University of Texas the other day, it included a vignette about a 21-year-old student who carries a concealed handgun.

Except it wasn’t concealed.

The student, identified as Huyler Marsh, a graduate student in accounting, “lifted the tail of his red plaid shirt to show a black .45-caliber pistol sticking from a holster wedged in the back of his waistband,” according to the article. This took place “on the fourth floor of a library on campus.”

The article included a photograph of the student in that pose, although it wasn’t clear whether the photo was taken on campus.

A UT spokesman noted that state law “is unequivocal that handguns must remain concealed on public university campuses” — presumably unless they are taken out of concealment for self-defense purposes.

“The University of Texas at Austin takes seriously any allegations that this law has been violated,” said the spokesman, J.B. Bird. “University police have begun a preliminary inquiry into this complaint to determine if the safety of UT community members, visitors or this student was compromised, and will ask the Texas Department of Public Safety, which grants the licenses to carry handguns, to review it. Additionally, the office of the Dean of Students is reviewing the incident and speaking with the student involved.”

Bird added: “University police will conduct similar inquiries into any other complaints about individuals possibly exposing a handgun on campus and the Dean of Students will participate in reviews involving UT students. Federal privacy laws will prevent us from publicly discussing any administrative actions the university may take concerning an individual student’s behavior.”

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