Guns are now okay to bring into University of Texas at Austin classrooms and angry students and faculty are fighting back with dildos.
Yes, you read that correctly.
Wednesday was the first day of school at UT, and the group Gun Free UT marked the occasion with a "Cocks Not Glocks" rally on campus. Protesters told the Austin American-Statesman that planned to bring more than 4,000 free dildos to give away at the protest.
“We’re fighting absurdity with absurdity,” activist Ana López told the paper.
Word must have gotten out, because hundreds of students turned up receive free dildos from protesters and support the cause of keeping concealed weapons off of campus. The crowds got so big at one point that activists were throwing boxes of dildos into large groups of people.
Others were a bit more confused as to why there were suddenly sex toys everywhere.
The dildos did steal the show, but many students and faculty have serious concerns about the new gun policy.
"I'm gonna feel way less safe," sophomore Bianca Montgomery told videographer Steve McCord. "You shouldn't have to wonder if your classmates are carrying concealed weapons right next to you. You come here to learn, you don't come here to fear for your life."
This isn't the first time dildos have been deployed on the UT campus over gun laws. The same group staged a similar protest in December 2015 during a "staged mass shooting" on campus by a pro-gun rights group.
But Texas's new campus carry law is now officially in place. The law went into effect on August 1, and a lawsuit by three professors failed to stop it when it was overruled by a federal judge on Tuesday.
The terms of the law can be a bit confusing. Public universities are not allowed to restrict permitted weapons on campus, except for in some areas set aside by the state board of regents as "gun free," such as faculty offices (but not classrooms). The law also only allows for those with concealed carry permits to bring guns to school. Openly carrying firearms is still not allowed.