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Campus Carry: Provisions of Senate Bill 11

From the Campus Carry Working Group Summary Report

While CHL holders in Texas have been permitted to carry their handguns in a concealed manner on public grounds for many years, Senate Bill 11 extends the places where CHL holders may carry their concealed handguns. Beginning August 1, 2016, “a license holder may carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder’s person while the license holder is on the campus of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state.”

Senate Bill 11 additionally allows institution presidents to “establish reasonable rules” and to evaluate “specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment” in excluding areas for concealed carry but not in such a way as to “have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus.” The president may “amend the provisions as necessary for campus safety.” The provisions established by the president take effect unless amended by the Board of Regents by not less than a two-thirds vote.

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