'Campus carry' takes effect at community colleges


Schools have some control over how they allow guns on campus, with each CEO of a community college, after consulting with faculty and students, able to keep some parts of the school off limits to those with lawfully concealed handguns.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last November issued an opinion that community and junior colleges could not categorically ban guns from classes over concerns that dual-enrolled high school students may be in attendance. The legally required signs will be posted outside areas that have been designated as gun-free.

Senate Bill 11, which was passed in the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, required the state's public colleges and universities to allow handguns on campuses for those with license to carry.

"There are no exceptions to violating any weapons free zone", Cunningham said in the video. The law went into effect for four-year universities in August 2016 but community colleges were given an extra year to comply.

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The type of concealed weapon matters as well. So, University of Texas has been implementing the law for a year now. Texas A&M created a task force to receive input from their student body.

Every other year, colleges must send a report to the legislature on their specific rules and regulations that pertain to the law, and why they created them.

Texas has about 1.15 million active gun-license holders, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. Nearly 75 percent of the applicants who received a license were men. Most applicants who received their license this past fiscal year were 43 to 61 years old.