TTUHSC Campus Carry Frequently Asked Questions
Open Carry: The Texas Penal Code generally regulates when and where handguns may be carried; that is to say that, where Texas law or regulation prohibits possession of firearms on particular premises, the prohibitions are enforced as a matter of criminal law. The "Open Carry" legislation simply provides that holders of a handgun license may now carry their handgun visibly in a waist belt holster or a shoulder holster. Prior legislation, however, provided a number of locations where the carrying of a concealed handgun, notwithstanding licensure, was prohibited. See Texas Penal Code sections 46.03 & 46.035. Senate Bill 11 only allows for the concealed carry of handguns by license holder on campus. Consequently, “Open Carry” is not permitted on TTUHSC campuses.
Campus Carry: Prior to changes made in the 84th Legislature (2015) individuals, with certain exceptions, such as law enforcement personnel, were prohibited from carrying handguns inside any Texas Tech University System (TTUS) buildings, even if the individual held a concealed handgun license (CHL). Senate Bill 11, the so called "Campus Carry" bill, mandates that, pursuant to a prescribed process, institutions of higher education alter their rules governing handgun possession. After completion of the process required under Senate Bill 11, individuals holding a handgun license will be able to carry a concealed handgun on TTUS campuses and into many TTUS buildings. While the "Open Carry" legislation allows license holders, starting January 01, 2016, to openly carry their handguns in various locations in the State of Texas, the "Campus Carry" legislation only broadens the right for license holders to carry handguns in a concealed manner on university campuses. The Campus Carry law took effect August 1, 2016.
No. Open carry is not permitted on TTUHSC campuses/premises by a license holder regardless of whether the handgun is holstered.
The 84th Legislature addressed handguns extensively, but did not enact any special provisions for other weapons. Other TTUHSC policies (OP 52.06 and OP 70.31) address weapons in the workplace. Additionally, information on weapons can be found in the TTUHSC student handbook.
The law does not expressly state where a handgun needs to be in order to be considered "concealed." However, the handgun cannot be in plain view or discernable by ordinary observation and the handgun license holder must take reasonable measures to conceal the weapon. Further, the handgun must be on the license holder's person or in close proximity.
Yes. TTUHSC OP 10.30 designates the areas that are restricted from concealed carry. Signage will provide effective notice in these designated areas.
Examples of 30.06 signage below:
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