Senate Bill 11 was recently passed by the Texas Legislature allowing campus carry of
concealed handguns on public university campuses. The law becomes effective roughly a
year from now and TSU has created a group to discuss and recommend rules for when that
goes into effect.
The group, made up of alumni, parents, students, staff and faculty, has until Dec. 1 to discuss
License holders of concealed handgun permits will be allowed to carry on campuses, but the
legislature built in some ‘wiggle room’ in terms of how that’s implemented, including the
creation of gun-free zones. No open carry is allowed under Senate Bill 11.
“This is a serious issue that requires us to develop rules compatible with the intent of Senate
Bill 11,” President F. Dominic Dottavio said in a statement released by the university. “We
approach this effort with our university vision firmly in front of us, diligently maintaining our
student focus and our commitment to preserving student safety.”
All Tarleton facilities, land and buildings leased or owned by the university at its Stephenville,
Waco, Midlothian and Fort Worth campuses are included. Dottavio singled out high-security
areas like laboratories, child-development centers, campus health clinics, and athletic-event
facilities for special consideration.
The board’s recommendations regarding policies and procedures for implementation of
campus carry will be submitted to the Texas A&M University System chancellor and board of
regents for review no later than Feb. 1st.