In the 2015 session, the Texas Legislature passed and Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law legislation commonly known as “campus carry.” It allows those with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns on the campuses of public universities in Texas, beginning Aug. 1, 2016.
UNT Dallas is preparing to implement and comply with this new law, which allows for each university to develop policies that take into account the specific safety considerations of its campus. View a copy of the UNT Dallas policy.
If you’d like to share your thoughts or have questions, please email UNT-DallasCampusCarry@untdallas.edu.
Campus Carry Key Points
Summary: Campus Carry at UNT Dallas
- Senate Bill 11, commonly known as campus carry, was passed during the 2015 session of the Texas Legislature and permits those with concealed handgun licenses to carry their guns on college campuses.
- The law becomes effective on Aug. 1, 2016.
- The law allows universities to create guidelines regarding the carrying of concealed weapons on campus, including making certain parts of campus exempt from the law. However, universities cannot violate the spirit of the law and must justify any exemptions to the Legislature.
- The open carry of weapons on college campuses is not permitted.
- UNT Dallas is asking for input from all members of the campus community. Everyone is invited provide input. There will be multiple open forums. Questions and concerns can be sent to questions by emailing UNT-DallasCampusCarry@untdallas.edu.
- A UNT Dallas team will use your input to craft a policy and guidelines governing the concealed carry of weapons on our campus. The UNT System Board of Regents is expected to consider the policy at its meeting in February 2016.
- UNT Dallas’ Campus Carry website will addresses frequently asked questions and will allow our community to stay informed about efforts to prepare for the law taking effect in August 2016.
- We remain committed to providing a safe and secure educational environment for all.