Gun groups move mock shooting off Texas campus after warning

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AUSTIN, Texas — Gun-rights groups that planned to stage a mock shooting at the University of Texas are moving their event off-campus after getting a warning from the school.

The groups Come and Take It Texas and announced plans for the Saturday event that would include cardboard guns and fake blood.

The university issued a statement Wednesday warning that the Austin campus isn’t open to outside groups staging demonstrations. The university says violators could face criminal trespassing charges.

The groups then said they would move their demonstration to an area next to campus.

Organizers say the purpose is to rally support for gun rights.

University officials say they support free speech but that they routinely bar outside groups from demonstrating on campus. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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