Background on Campus Carry Laws in Texas
In 2015, the Texas Legislature approved the "campus carry" law, Senate Bill 11. The law provides that License to Carry (LTC) permit holders may carry a concealed handgun throughout university campuses, starting Aug. 1, 2016. The law gives public universities some discretion to regulate campus carry.
The University of Texas at Austin and President Gregory L. Fenves take issues surrounding guns on campus very seriously and have worked to create policies that conform to the new law, protect the rights of citizens and ensure the safety and security of the entire campus.
S.B. 11 provides that, after consulting with students, staffers and faculty members about "the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations and the uniqueness of the campus environment," the university may enact reasonable rules and regulations regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on campus.
The law stipulates, however, that these rules and regulations may not either "generally prohibit" or "have the effect of generally prohibiting" license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus.
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