Carry On Campus

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In 2015, Texas became another state to allow concealed carry weapons on college campuses. The law allowing concealed carry weapons on campus (Senate Bill 11) will take effect on August 1, 2016 for all state 4-year colleges and universities and August 1, 2017 for 2-year and junior colleges. To carry a gun on campus each student must have a concealed handgun license (CHL) and be 21 years old, while also meeting the state and federal qualifications to own a handgun. While the handgun is allowed to be loaded, it must be concealed, meaning out of sight or hidden.
Universities are allowed to designate areas on campus that are “gun free” or sensitive areas, which are where concealed weapons will not be allowed to enter. Many colleges in Texas, much
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Even though there is no stopping the new Campus Carry law, colleges still have quite a bit of say so on the matter, this is why it is so important to get involved in the discussions taking place on campus. Colleges and universities must publically display campus policies regarding the law on the official school website so that students are completely aware of the rules and regulations regarding Campus Carry. On the official Brazosport College website there is a link at the very top of the homepage that takes students to a page with information and FAQ’S regarding Campus Carry.
Colleges are taking the Campus Carry law very seriously and trying to get as much feedback as possible. Texas Tech had a faculty and staff survey along with a student survey that they emailed out October of last year. They also had Campus Carry forums and even Campus Carry group focus sessions. In my opinion, the Campus Carry law is unsafe and unnecessary; if there is one place guns should not be allowed it would definitely be college campuses full of young inexperienced students. The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) has stated

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