Police Say Campus Carry Makes Texas Tech Safer

The law allowing students to be armed, as long as they have a carry permit, went into effect 2 years ago.

Students, faculty and staff at Texas Tech all go through active shooter and first aid training.
Students, faculty and staff at Texas Tech all go through active shooter and first aid training.Texas Tech

The Texas Tech Police Department believes that the campus carry law, enacted two years ago, makes the school a safer place, deterring potential mass shooters.

"I like to think we're no longer a targeting opportunity for any such event, such as active shooter, because they know if they come on campus, there could be a potential for an individual to be able to stop the active shooting," Amy Ivey, a lieutenant at the Texas Tech Police Department, told Everything Lubbock. "I believe it makes the campus a safer place, to live, learn and educate."

“I like to think we're no longer a targeting opportunity for any such event, such as active shooter, because they know if they come on campus, there could be a potential for an individual to be able to stop the active shooting,”

- —Lt. Amy Ivey, Texas Tech Police Department

Still, the school is leaving nothing to chance.

"We actually do a hands-on part where we barricade doors, we show you how to go hands-on with weapons, how to defend yourself and also a truncated training on how to stop the bleed, so that way, all of our faculty, staff and students are prepared if an event does happen here on campus," Ivey informed Everything Lubbock. Students, faculty and staff alike all go through the training.

The policy is making students feel safer as well, such as Cody Wheeler, who told Everything Lubbock, "I do feel safe knowing that there are people that will act upon. If they have their concealed carry, and they see something going, they'll feel the need to go step in."