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Campus Carry Task Force 

The Alamo Colleges, as a community college system, is required by state law to implement the Licensed Concealed Campus Carry legislation by August 1, 2017. This is one year after 4-year colleges and universities must do so. This past fall, Chancellor Bruce Leslie appointed a 21-member committee comprised of students, faculty and staff to provide the Chancellor consultation regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations and the uniqueness of the campus environment.

Reasonable rules may not have the effect of generally prohibiting handgun license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus. The Texas Attorney-General has issued Opinion No. KP-0051 interpreting the law as prohibiting general or instructor-specific prohibitions on license holders carrying concealed handguns in class.

The Committee’s goal is to comply with the law while maintaining the safest environment possible for our students, faculty, staff and visitors

The task force will finalize its recommendations and present them to Dr. Leslie, who will then make a final determination on Alamo Colleges’ policy. The statute provides that the Board of Trustees may revise the policy for a period of 90 days after the Chancellor makes his decision.

 

FAQs about Campus Carry at the Alamo Colleges

When does the new law take effect?

Campus carry for community colleges will take effect on Aug. 1, 2017, although the Alamo Colleges will be putting plans in place months ahead of that date to educate and inform the campus community.

Who will develop the Alamo Colleges' licensed concealed campus carry policy?

Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie has appointed a campus carry working committee comprised of Alamo Colleges students, faculty members and staff members from each college to supply input to him as required by the statute.

The Chancellor will consider Committee input and establish reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to licensed concealed campus carry, which the Board of Trustees is authorized to amend only by a 2/3 majority vote during a 90-day period immediately following their establishment.

Is "Open Carry" allowed on public college campuses?

No. Open carry will not apply to public colleges, including the Alamo Colleges. It is illegal to openly carry on campus, including displaying a firearm in campus buildings and now, on campus streets, sidewalks, parking lots and walkways. Therefore, there is no open carry on campus. The Texas Department of Public Safety, strictly states that open carry is restricted:

  • on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
  • on any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education.
  • by an individual who is acting as a personal protection officer under Chapter 1702, Occupations Code and is not wearing a uniform.

Is there a difference between campus carry and open carry?

Yes. Texas Senate Bill 11 – known as "licensed concealed campus carry" – becomes law on Aug. 1, 2017 and allows people with a handgun license to carry concealed handguns in permitted areas on community college campuses. The handguns must remain concealed.

Texas House Bill 910 – known as "open carry" – becomes law on Jan. 1, 2016 and makes it legal for handgun license holders to carry visible firearms in the state of Texas. However, open carry would not apply at public colleges, including the Alamo Colleges, so even when both laws go into effect, even licensed individuals will not be allowed to carry visible firearms on campus.