What Is The New “Campus Carry” Law?
Though there are many other states where campus carry is already allowed, Texas will join this group on August 1, 2016. Senate Bill 11 will allow students to carry handguns on college campuses.
When it comes to the general public there is a lot of confusion surrounding this issue. How does it all work? Should we be nervous that students will have guns on campus?
Therefore, we have listed some important highlights about this bill to clarify what campus carry is and what campus carry is not:
-Students who wish to carry must be 21 or over and have their License to Carry (LTC). This means this new ruling won’t affect the majority of students as most are under 21. Also, only about 3% of Texans who are over 21 have their LTC.
-Campus carry will only be allowed at 4 year institutions. The law does not apply to junior colleges, technical schools, and other, shorter forms of higher education (which are set to allow campus carry mid 2017).
-Campus carry will not allow openly carried handguns, only concealed carry.
-Private institutions can opt out of campus carry but state institutions may not.
-The president or chief executive of the institution can decide which locations on campus will forbid and which locations on campus will allow students to conceal carry. This means that even at a 4 year state university there will be places on campus that won’t allow concealed carry.
-The rules are different for student living quarters such as a sorority or campus housing which requires additional measurements.
Considering that most mass shootings happen in gun-free zones, the new campus carry law is a step in the right direction for protecting the lives of others. It will be interesting to see how the new law plays out, but there are the highlights you need to know!