Concealed Carry Statutes for Community Colleges

Article by: College Relations Office
Concealed Carry Statutes for Community Colleges
State law to take effect Aug. 1, 2017, at Del Mar College and other Texas community colleges

The Texas Legislature in 2015 signed a bill allowing Texans with concealed handgun licenses to bring their handguns into public higher education buildings. That law went into effect August 1, 2016, for public universities.

Important! The law does not go into effect at Del Mar College and other Texas community colleges until August 1, 2017.

For the 2016-2017 Academic Year, anyone with a license to carry may not bring handguns into Del Mar College buildings or facilities, including classrooms, laboratories, offices and student centers. This is pursuant to Section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code, which allows the College to prohibit concealed handguns on campus. Concealed Handgun License holders are allowed to keep handguns locked in their private vehicles on campus. This statute does not apply to licensed peace officers.

On Aug. 1, 2017, when the campus carry law goes into effect for Del Mar College, students, faculty, staff and visitors, who are license holders, will be allowed to carry their concealed handgun on campus, with the exception of areas designated by the College as gun-free zones.

Del Mar College administrators have already begun the process of determining appropriate “gun-free” zones. Additional Town Hall Meetings and other activities will focus on this issue throughout the year as the College develops a comprehensive plan to ensure the safety of all while complying with the new state law.

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