Campus Carry FAQ
About Campus Carry
Q. What is campus carry?
A. Campus carry refers to Texas Senate Bill 11, which allows individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun to carry the concealed weapon on community college and university campuses in Texas.
Q. When will campus carry take effect for community colleges?
A. It takes effect Aug.1, 2017 at community colleges. It took effect for public universities on Aug. 1, 2016. Private and independent institutions of higher education have the option to opt out of the law entirely.
Q. Does the law allow community colleges to create policies regarding campus carry?
A. Yes. The law allows community colleges to adopt policies that prohibit license holders from carrying concealed handguns in some areas of the campus and to certain college-sponsored events providing the restrictions do not have the effect of generally preventing a license holder from carrying a concealed handgun on campus.
Q. Is Texas the only state that has campus carry laws for concealed handguns on campuses of public institutions of higher education?
A. No. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Texas is one of eight states, joining Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
Concealed Carry vs. Open Carry
Q. Is there a difference between concealed carry and open carry?
A. Yes. A person must receive a license from the Texas Department of Public Safety in order to lawfully carry a concealed handgun. The handgun must be carried on or about the license holder's body at all times and the handgun cannot be openly discernible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person. Texas Senate Bill 11 known as "campus carry" allows license holders to carry concealed handguns on public university campuses, including Grayson College.
A person also needs a license to carry (LTC) from the state to openly carry a handgun in Texas, however, open carry is prohibited on the campuses of all Texas public universities and colleges, including Grayson College. Open carry means the individual does not have to conceal the handgun from view as it is "open" for the public to see. Texas House Bill 910 known as "open carry" became law on Jan. 1, 2016.
Q. Is "open carry" allowed on community college campuses?
A. No type of firearm can be carried openly on a college campus except by law enforcement officers. Even individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun must keep the weapon out of view when carrying the handgun on campus, including buildings, public driveways, streets, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, and parking garages or other parking areas on campus.
Grayson College Policy
Q. How can I voice my opinion on how Grayson College implements the law?
A. Grayson College will provide open forums for people to provide their suggestions and a survey.
- South Campus – Sept. 27, 11:30 a.m., Auditorium
- Student Housing – Sept. 27, 6:30 p.m., Viking Hall
- Student Organizations (All Students) – Sept. 28, 1:15 p.m., Life Center, Viking Room
- Open Forum – Sept. 30, 10 a.m., Irma Blackburn
- Open Forum – Sept. 30, 2 p.m., Irma Blackburn
- https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GraysonCollegeConcealedCarry (open until Oct. 7)
Q. What if I want to contribute more than what is asked for on the survey, but I can't make it to the forums?
A. Please submit proposals (no more than 500 words) to email@example.com.
Q. Can Grayson College ban all handguns on campus?
A. No. The campus carry bill allows the college to establish certain locations and events where concealed handguns are prohibited. But the college cannot prohibit license holders from carrying everywhere on campus, as that would be a violation of the law.
License to Carry Permits
Q. Who can get a permit to carry a concealed handgun?
A. In general, legal residents of the state of Texas who are at least age 21, pass a criminal background check and receive classroom and shooting range instruction can receive a license to carry. Texas also requires that applicants not have certain criminal convictions and histories of substance abuse or certain mental health disorders. Texas also bans anyone who is delinquent on their taxes or child support payments from getting a license.
Q. Where can I find more information?
A. The state of Texas has several websites that may provide additional information. The License to Carry a Handgun website includes information on the licensing laws and statutes and an overview of what is needed to obtain a license. The Texas Department of Public Safety website has several pages of information on handgun licensing, laws and regulations, reports and statistics and more.