Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson exits the field after falling 45-40 to Oklahoma at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Malik Jefferson weighs in on Texas’ campus carry on ESPN’s Outside The Lines

Posted October 17th, 2016


Star Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson gave his thoughts on Texas’ campus concealed carry law on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on Sunday morning. The sophomore spoke in the segment about the controversial issue that has divided many on the 40 Acres.

“I just don’t want that issue in my life,” Jefferson said when asked if he owned a gun. “It’s something that people can use to create bad situations and make them worse.”

Presented with the backdrop of the University of Texas Tower shooting in 1966, ESPN’s producers talked to student organizers of the August anti-campus carry demonstration they put together. Producers also interviewed students who are in favor of the initiative and a Michael Cargill, an Austin gun store owner.


Jefferson spoke out on Twitter in July against the initiative when the new law came into effect.

“I don’t care what people say to try to justify #opencarry and what it means, all I can see is people walking around with guns on them,” Jefferson tweeted.

“I. Don’t. Care. If. It’s. Concealed. It’s. Still. A. Gun.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”

“I just feel like they (minority groups) wanted to speak out about it because its something that has been a societal problem and they don’t want it to end up being a situation that happens here,” when asked by ESPN’s Paula Lavigne  in regards to giving a voice to minority groups at UT about campus carry.

Watch Jefferson’s clip below.

Editor’s note: The original version of this story has be edited to reflect the name of the Austin gun store owner.

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