Here you will find common questions about the state's Campus Carry law. If you don't find answers to your question, please scroll down and submit your question.
The law requires college presidents to develop rules for the concealed carry of a handgun on the campuses of their institutions. In creating a policy and procedures, the president may consult with students, faculty, and staff, and consider the nature of the student populations, specific safety concerns, and the uniqueness of the campus environment.
The purpose of the campus carry policy is to provide guidance on how the law will be implemented at ACC while maintaining the safety of our campus community.
The phrase "Open Carry" refers to a law passed by the Texas Legislature in 2015 (see Texas House Bill 910) that allows a license holder to openly carry a handgun in various locations in the State of Texas starting January 1, 2016.
However, the “Open Carry” law specifically PROHIBITS open carry of a handgun on the premises of a college campus, including public and private driveways, streets, sidewalks, walkways, parking lots, parking garages, or other parking areas located on a college campus.
Under the “Open Carry” law, a license holder can visibly carry their handgun in a holstered manner. However, under the “Campus Carry” law, only the “concealed carry” of a handgun by license holders is allowed on public university campuses, subject to restrictions imposed by statute and by the University President. See Texas Senate Bill 11 (SB 11).
However, if a person takes a gun out of concealment or otherwise displays/brandishes their weapon, it is a violation.
As the college works to implement the law, we welcome your feedback. If you have a comment or question that does not appear on the frequently asked questions (FAQs), please submit it here. Comments will be shared with the task force and leadership team. Commonly asked questions will be answered and posted to FAQs.