On August 1, 2016, the “Campus Carry” law – Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature and signed by Gov. Greg Abbott — took effect at Tarleton.
The Tarleton regulations were approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents after extensive consultation with faculty, staff, and students. The rules conform to the new law while supporting Tarleton’s educational mission, protecting the rights of citizens, and promoting the safety and security of the university community.
Facts about the Law
The law does NOT allow open carry on campus.
SB 11 deals only with the concealed carry of handguns by people who have a concealed carry license. It is now — and will still be — illegal to display a firearm in campus buildings, or on campus streets, sidewalks, walkways, etc.
A person must have a license to carry a concealed handgun on campus.
SB 11 authorizes concealed campus carry only by “license holders,” that is, people who received the state-mandated training and met other statutory requirements for a license to carry a concealed handgun.
One must be 21 to obtain a license to carry.
The minimum age for obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun is ordinarily 21. (Members and veterans of the military may obtain a license before age 21.)
License holders have been allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus (but not in buildings) for 20 years.
Since 1995, the law has allowed license holders to carry concealed handguns on campus. The inability to carry concealed handguns into campus buildings no doubt limited the number of people carrying concealed handguns on campus.
The law still makes it a crime for a license holder to carry a concealed handgun while intoxicated.
This is a Class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail. Police officers may act upon any trace of alcoholic consumption.
Know Your Rights
Texas Senate Bill 273 permits the state to fine Tarleton State University if it attempts, by utilizing a Penal Code 30.06 notice, to prohibit a concealed handgun license holder from carrying a concealed handgun in a place not prohibited by sections 46.03 or 46.035 of the Penal Code. In other words, unless existing state law prohibits carrying a concealed handgun in a location, a state agency cannot bar carrying a concealed handgun at the location. The fine can be $1,500 per day for the first offense, and can be as high as $10,500 per day for a second or subsequent offense. If you have a complaint related to SB 273, please contact Eva Lopez, Vice President for Employee Services.
If Tarleton State University does not remove the sign within three (3) days, citizens may file a complaint with the Texas Attorney General’s Office to investigate the matter and enforce the law. If you believe a political subdivision is unlawfully posting 30.06 signs and you have already filed a complaint with that entity, you may call The Texas Attorney General’s 30.06 Hotline at 1-844-584-3006, or fill out an online grievance form.
Director, Employee Services
Phone: (254) 968-9128