Ray LaMontagne cancels gig over US university gun laws
Published 20/09/2016 | 22:35
US singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne has cancelled a show at the University of Texas in protest over a new state law which allows concealed handgun licence holders to carry their weapons into public college buildings.
The law allows those weapons into the university's Bass Concert Hall, where LaMontagne was scheduled to perform on Thursday.
In a statement cancelling the show, LaMontagne said he considers himself "very open minded" but he cannot support allowing guns on college campuses.
LaMontange said: "There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren't one of them."
A university statement said officials regret the cancellation, but respect LaMontagne's decision.
It added that the university's guns policy was based on state law allowing concealed handguns inside the building.