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Students at University of Texas protest gun law with sex toys

A new law allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Texas Guns On Campus Students protesting at the rally Source: John Mone/AP

HUNDREDS OF STUDENTS at the University of Texas in Austin are protesting a new state law that allows concealed handguns in college classrooms, buildings and dorms.

Students are holding sex toys at the ongoing protest, dubbed Cocks Not Glocks – an act deemed illegal under local indecency laws.

In a statement, organisers said: “The State of Texas has decided that it is not at all obnoxious to allow deadly concealed weapons in classrooms, however it DOES have strict rules about free sexual expression, to protect your innocence. You would receive a citation for taking a DILDO to class before you would get in trouble for taking a gun to class. Heaven forbid the penis.”

twitter Source: Twitter

The new gun law came into effect on 1 August.

Students and faculty at the Austin campus fiercely opposed allowing licence holders to carry their concealed handguns to class.

One prominent dean left the school after the law passed in 2015. Several staff members have taken part in the demonstration.

Texas Guns On Campus Andrew Clements, right, a licensed gun owner, carrying a high-velocity rifle, demonstrates on Guadalupe Street, next to the University of Texas in Austin. Source: AP Photo/John Mone

Organisers said they have distributed have more than 4,500 free sex toys.

On the Cocks Not Glocks Facebook page, organisers say sex toys are “about as effective [as guns] at protecting us from sociopathic shooters, but much safer for recreational play”.

Texas has allowed concealed guns to be carried since 1995, but had kept college campuses gun-free until this year.

Contains reporting from Associated Press

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