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Campus Carry

On June 13, 2015, Governor Greg Abbott signed into law Senate Bill (S.B.) 11, also known as the "Campus Carry" law. S.B. 11 amends Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code to allow carrying of handguns by license holders on college campuses beginning August 1, 2016.

The law requires Texas A&M University-Texarkana President, Dr. Emily Cutrer, to adopt rules and provisions to extend the rights of concealed handgun license holders on campus in addressing the safety and security of the campus community. While the President may not generally prohibit license holders from carrying concealed weapons on the campus, she will be allowed to designate certain areas on campus where the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders is prohibited, subject to System and legislative review.

S.B 11 provides that after consulting with students, faculty and staff regarding "the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations and the uniqueness of the campus environment," the university may enact reasonable rules, regulations, and other provisions regarding carrying concealed handguns by license holders on campus and storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities.

FACTS ABOUT CAMPUS CARRY

The law does NOT allow open carry on campus.

S.B. 11 deals only with the concealed carry of handguns by people who have a concealed carry license. It is now--and will still be--illegal to display a firearm in campus buildings as well as on campus streets, sidewalks, walkways, etc.

A person must have a license to carry a concealed handgun on campus.

S.B. 11 authorizes concealed campus carry only by "license holders," that is, people who received the state-mandated training and met the other statutory requirements for a license to carry a concealed handgun.

One must be 21 to obtain a license to carry.

The minimum age for obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun is ordinarily 21. (Members and veterans of the military may obtain a license before the age of 21.)

License holders have been allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus (but not in buildings) for 20 years.

Since 1995, the law has allowed license holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, including streets, sidewalks, walkways, etc.

Concealed Handgun License (CHL) holders in Texas

As of December 31, 2014, the Texas Department of Public Safety reported that there were 825,957 active concealed handgun license holders. The estimated population of Texas was 26.96 million in 2014; 3.06% of the Texas population held a CHL.

Please share your thoughts and suggestions by emailing campuscarry@tamut.edu.

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