Aug. 1 heralds the start of campus carry rules at community colleges

New signage noting the handguns prohibited areas at NCTC, along with informational brochures are ready at the NCTC-Bowie campus. (Photo by Barbara Green)

By BARBARA GREEN
Campus carry handgun regulations went into effect for community colleges across Texas on Aug. 1, implementing the final section of Senate Bill 11 passed in 2015.
Four-year universities and colleges began allowing all persons over age 21 who are licensed to carry concealed handguns to do so on their campuses on Aug. 1, 2016.
Community college requirements were delayed one year and began Tuesday including all five North Central Texas College’s campuses.
Per the state law the college district may establish “reasonable rules” for the carrying of concealed weapons on campus.
Chris McLaughlin, interim chief of the NCTC Police Department, said a task force of representatives from all campuses including students, faculty and administrators, helped develop the campus policy.

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