Laws Concerning Carrying Concealed Firearms on Campus in Texas

Effective Dates:  August 1, 2016 for all state 4-year colleges and universities; August 1, 2017 for all state 2-year and junior colleges.

The new Texas law permits individuals who have obtained a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry their loaded, concealed weapon in college and university buildings.  Each college and university may determine certain sensitive areas and buildings* where concealed weapons will continue to be prohibited. Each college and university must publically display campus policies on the official school website, as well as widely publicizing it among correspondence with the institution’s faculty, staff, and students. Previous laws permitting the concealed carry with a license on open campus grounds and in locked vehicles in parking lots will remain unchanged (see note #1 below).

Link to law: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/pdf/SB00011F.pdf#navpanes=0

#1 NOTE – EXCEPTION FOR GUNS IN VEHICLES (this exception remains in place with respect to new law taking effect in 2016/2017)

On June 14, 2013, Governor Perry signed into law SB 1907, which states that an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education may not adopt or enforce any rule, regulation, or other provision or take any other action, including posting notice under Section 30.06, Penal Code, prohibiting or placing restrictions on the storage or transportation of a firearm or ammunition in a locked, privately owned or leased motor vehicle by a person, including a student enrolled at that institution, who holds a license to carry a concealed handgun and lawfully possesses the firearm or ammunition:

(1)  on a street or driveway located on the campus of the institution; or

(2)  in a parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area located on the campus of the institution.

The Act took effect September 1, 2013.


Texas’ Colleges Where Concealed Guns on Campus are Permitted by Law

College Town Type (4 year, 2 year, private)
University of Houston Houston 4 year
University of Houston – Clear Lake Clear Lake 4 year
University of Houston – Clear Lake Downtown 4 year
University of Houston – Victoria Victoria 4 year
University of North Texas 4 year
University of North Texas at Dallas Dallas 4 year
University of North Texas Health Science Center 4 year
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington 4 year
University of Texas at Austin Austin 4 year
University of Texas at Dallas Dallas 4 year
University of Texas at El Paso  El Paso 4 year
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio 4 year
University of Texas at Tyler Tyler 4 year
University of Texas of the Permian Basin 4 year
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 4 year
Texas A&M International University 4 year
Texas A&M University 4 year
Texas A&M University – Commerce 4 year
Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi Corpus Christi 4 year
Texas A&M University – San Antonio San Antonio 4 year
Texas A&M University – Kingsville Kingsville 4 year
Prairie View A&M University 4 year
Tarleton State University 4 year
Texas A&M University – Texarkana Texarkana 4 year
West Texas A&M University 4 year
Texas A&M University – Central Texas 4 year
Lamar University 4 year
Sam Houston State University 4 year
Sul Ross State University 4 year
Texas State University 4 year
Angelo State University 4 year
Texas Tech University  4 year
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center 4 year
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso 4 year
Midwestern State University 4 year
Stephen F. Austin State University 4 year
Texas Southern University 4 year
Texas Woman’s University 4 year

 

INFORMATION REGARDING CONCEALED WEAPONS PERMITTING IN TEXAS

SEE: Texas Department of Public Safety Handgun Licensing

 


Disclaimer: Policies are subject to change at any time, both during and between school years. In addition, individual school policies commonly include more details than can be succinctly captured by ArmedCampuses.org. Each school should be consulted for its most accurate, up-to-date policy.