Monday 26 September 2016

Ray LaMontagne cancels Texas show over university guns law

Published 20/09/2016 | 21:51

The singer-songwriter has hit out at the move
The singer-songwriter has hit out at the move

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.

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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.

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