Campus Carry

Licensed Concealed Campus Carry of Handguns 

The Alamo Colleges District, as a community college system, is required by Texas state law to implement the Licensed Concealed Campus Carry legislation by August 1, 2017. 

Pursuant to state law, the Alamo Colleges have adopted reasonable rules somewhat limiting where licensed concealed campus carry is allowed, reflected in the Prohibited Areas listed below.

 

Sites Where Licensed Concealed Carry is Prohibited

  • Board meetings 
  • Polling locations 
  • Police department sites
  • Child care facilities
  • Certain occasions of alcohol service 
    • (TABC-licensed caterer responsible for determination)
     
  • Mental health counseling facilities (including SAC Women’s Center) 
  • Locations where employee discipline and termination meetings and student/disciplinary meetings, as well as all types of student and employee complaint hearings are conducted
  • Certain areas where minors congregate
    • Scobee Planetarium
    • Facilities leased to other parties if minors congregate therein or facilities leased from others if lessor requires
    • Classrooms dedicated to minors-only programs (such as ECHS, Alamo Academies & Phoenix Middle College)
    • Summer Camps (core areas)
     
  • Special testing areas where belongings must be surrendered during testing
  • All athletic facilities at all times (includes spectators as well as participants)
  • License holders may not carry in shared space of Tobin Lofts suites with shared living space, and all resident license holders must supply and use gun lockers when not carried on or about their person
  • Mixed Use: Prohibit whole building or whole floor only if preponderant (excessive signage issue)
  • Campus-specific: Where prohibition is authorized in principle but the specific configuration of a campus facility makes this impractical, then that campus may seek an exception
  • District vehicles, except when an employee's college duties require otherwise
What is "Campus Carry?"

"Campus Carry" is shorthand for licensed concealed campus carry under legislation passed in 2015 and effective at 2-year institutions of higher education beginning August 1, 2017. The law permits individuals with a License to Carry (LTC) (formerly Concealed Handgun License) to carry a concealed handgun on college premises, which was formerly unlawful.

Is there a difference between campus carry and open carry?

No. Open carry will not apply to public colleges, including the colleges which comprise the Alamo Colleges District. It is illegal to openly carry on campus, including displaying a firearm in campus buildings and now, on campus streets, sidewalks, parking lots and walkways. Therefore, there is no open carry on campus. The Texas Department of Public Safety strictly states that open carry is restricted:

  • on the premises of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education
  • on any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education.
  • by an individual who is acting as a personal protection officer under Chapter 1702, Occupations Code and is not wearing a uniform.
Can anyone legally carry a concealed handgun on an Alamo Colleges District campus beginning August 1, 2017?

No, Texas law authorizes concealed carry by license holders only. A person must be 21 years of age (with the exception of active duty military and police officers); meet state and federal qualifications to own a handgun; and receive CHL training, including a shooting range component, from an instructor certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety in order to obtain a license. The rules make no distinction between students, employees, guests and the general public.

Who developed the licensed concealed campus carry policy of the Alamo Colleges District?

Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Bruce Leslie appointed a campus carry working committee comprised of students, faculty members and staff members from each college in the Alamo Colleges District to supply input to him as required by the statute.

The chancellor considered Committee input and established reasonable rules and regulations pertaining to licensed concealed campus carry of handguns.

Are handguns the only type of firearm to which campus carry applies?

Yes. 

Are there any areas on the college campuses where guns are prohibited?

Yes. Here is a list of the areas by college designated as prohibited areas.

Northeast Lakeview College

  • Wellness Center
  • Police Department
  • Science - Rooms 209 A, 208A, 208, 209
  • Student Commons - Rooms 222G, 227
  • Fine Arts - Room 106, 213
  • Library - Room 212
  • Judson Early College Academy