NVC Status: Texas Gun Law Changes
Last year the Texas Legislature passed laws regarding the carrying of guns that have been the topic of much discussion at NVC, throughout the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District and state of Texas. Many members of the College community are concerned about the safety of our College in light of the changes in state law.
While Northwest Vista College administration fully understands and takes seriously the level of apprehension expressed by faculty, staff and students regarding the potential for misinterpretation of when the law becomes applicable to NVC and future safety concerns, NVC is required to implement the law August 1, 2017 as written. We remain committed to doing so while continuing to ensure safety on the NVC campus. Be assured that NVC DPS has always, and will always, respond to reports of an armed individual. Anytime you see a weapon on campus, you should call the Alamo police (485-0911).
In the short-term, individuals are not allowed to carry their weapons on the NVC campus. The new open carry authorization under the legislation does not apply on a College campus at any date.
This is the crux of the concealed carry legislation and the timelines:
NEW LAW TAKES EFFECT IN 2016/2017 AS NOTED BELOW
August 1, 2016 for all state 4-year colleges and universities
August 1, 2017 for all state 2-year and junior colleges, which includes Northwest Vista College.
The new Texas law will permit 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 publicly display campus policies on the official school website, as well as widely publicizing it among correspondence with the institution’s faculty, staff, and students.
*The sensitive areas will first be determined by the institution and will include representatives from the student body, faculty, and staff. Once the sensitive areas are approved by this committee, they will be sent through the Chancellor to the Board of Trustees for approval.