We at Texarkana College would like to give you some important information regarding a state law that goes into effect for us August 1, 2017.

The Texas Senate 84th Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 on June 13, 2015 called the “Campus Carry” Law. This law allows for the carrying of concealed handguns by License to Carry (LTC) holders on all public higher education campuses in Texas.

In order to be Licensed To Carry in Texas, the person must…

  • Be at least 21 years of age (or a member of the military or veteran not dishonorably discharged).
  • Successfully complete a LTC course.
  • Have no felony convictions or facing certain criminal charges.
  • Not be chemically dependent.
  • Not be prohibited by statute for any reason for possessing a firearm.
  • Be able to exercise sound judgment with respect to the proper use and storage of a handgun.

For anyone who meets these guidelines, the following rules are important to note…

  • It must always be “on or about your person.”
  • The handgun must be close enough to you that you can grasp it without materially changing position.
  • For example, if you carry your handgun in a backpack, the backpack must always remain close to you, within immediate reach.
  • You may not leave it in any area on campus (i.e. lockers in the Pinkerton Recreation Center).

The Texarkana College Board of Trustees adopted policy (see policy CHF Local or click the link http://pol.tasb.org/Policy/Code/200?filter=CHF ) regarding specific regulations on how SB 11 will be implemented here at TC. One section of policy we would like to point out to you specifies the areas where LTC holders will not be permitted to carry…

  1. Testing Center;
  2. Temporary campus testing sites when required by contract to be weapons-free zones (temporary signage);
  3. Student counselor office (temporary signage);
  4. Facilities used for UIL events (temporary signage); and
  5. Any location the College President may declare as necessary for campus safety (temporary signage).

As always, your safety is our highest priority. We plan to continue to communicate this information to you again in the weeks to come, and our Police Department and Administration will see to it that this law is implemented safely and effectively.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.