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7 Things You Need to Know About the New Campus Carry Law

7 Things You Need to Know About the New Campus Carry Law


Campus Carry is now legal in Texas and to help you navigate this confusing topic, here are 7 things you should know about the new law:


  1. Campus Carry currently only applies to colleges and universities. Campus Carry for junior colleges will take effect August 1, 2017.

  3. Students, teachers and visitors must have a valid License to Carry a Handgun.

  5. License holders must be at least 21 years old or 18 if they are active duty military to obtain a License to Carry.

  7. License holders must complete a state-mandated course that includes topics such as laws that relate to weapons, use of force, nonviolent dispute resolution, safe storage of firearms, firearms safety and holster use. License holders must also pass a shooting proficiency test and a written test. Click here for more information on the LTC course.

  9. Campus Carry only applies to concealed firearms. The open carry of firearms is expressly prohibited by Senate Bill 11.

  11. The dean, president or CEO of the school may establish policies and procedures regarding Campus Carry.

  13. The License to Carry class should not be the last step in your path to proficiency. If you plan on regularly carrying a concealed firearm, learning how to use a holster is a MUST. We recommend our Holster Draw class where you learn the fundamentals of holster use and practical application. Click here for information on available  training.


Many schools are allowing students to store firearms in residence halls, apartments or dorms provided the firearm is stored securely in some type of firearm safe. However, many schools will have common areas off limits, including collegiate sporting events, hospitals, patient care areas, laboratories, formal hearing areas, counseling and health services locations, childcare locations  and residence halls during summer camps.  We strongly recommend researching your specific school for their policy on Campus Carry. Here is a list we have compiled of the policies at some Texas schools. If your school isn’t listed, please check with them directly.