AUSTIN - Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne announced Tuesday he has canceled Thursday’s scheduled concert at UT’s Bass Concert Hall, citing the state's new campus-carry law.
LaMontagne, who is near the end of his Ouroboros Tour, addressed the cancelation in a Facebook post:
"This Thursday's show at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX has been cancelled due to concerns over The University of Texas’ recently enacted campus carry law, which allows licensed holders to carry concealed handguns in the venue during the performance. I consider myself to be a very open-minded human being, and I always try and see things from another’s point of view. I realize this is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of it. But no matter how hard I try to understand the rationale for allowing guns on campus or more broadly, the ‘concealed carry’ law in general, I just cannot in any way support that ideology.
"There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren’t one of them.
"On behalf of myself and the band, and everyone involved in the tour, I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus, and within the campus venue.
"All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase."
The Texas Legislature passed SB 11 in the 2015 session, which allowed license holders to legally carry concealed weapons on university campuses. The University of Texas developed their policy to abide by the new law. GO HERE for more information about campus carry at UT.
The university issued the following statement:
The university regrets that Ray LaMontagne made this decision but respects his right to do so. Under Texas state law, licensed permit holders are allowed to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, including the Performing Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
LaMontagne’s website states he has performances scheduled for Sept. 23 in The Woodlands and Sept. 24 in Dallas.
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