The University of Texas at El Paso has finalized the membership of its Campus Concealed Carry Task Force that will meet over the course of the fall semester to recommend policies associated with next year’s August 1 implementation of S.B. 11.
“I look forward to working with this dedicated team of UTEP professionals as we prepare for the implementation of Texas’s new campus concealed carry law. Our process will be open and transparent. We want to hear from the campus community and will provide numerous opportunities for feedback,” said Gary Edens, UTEP Campus Concealed Carry Task Force chair and vice president for Student Affairs.
The Task Force is charged with identifying campus spaces (i.e., laboratories, child care facilities) where concealed handguns would be excluded; developing policies and communication strategies associated with educating the campus and visitors about the new law; and recommending safety and enforcement practices that will ensure the rights of all campus constituents. The UT System Board of Regents has final authority in approving all policies associated with implementing the campus concealed carry legislation.
Work of the Task Force will include the facilitation of several open forums where feedback will be gathered and information shared. These forums are being scheduled throughout the month of October and will be advertised broadly.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to contribute to the conversation by submitting suggestions and concerns to the Task Force using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.