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The Law (Texas Senate Bill 11)

What is the SB 11 Law?

Beginning August 1, 2016, any individual who holds a current and valid concealed handgun license (CHL) may carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder's person where permitted on university property. A CHL holder must be 21 or older (with a few exceptions) and must maintain the license in good standing. The handgun must be wholly concealed on or about the license holder's person. The license holder must not intentionally or knowingly reveal or display the handgun, even if the handgun is holstered. Accidental exposure of a handgun by a person holding a current and valid CHL is not a violation of the law.

What can universities do?

Universities may establish areas on campus where handguns will not be permitted for reasons of campus safety, subject to the approval of the Board of Regents. "Effective notice" must be given prior to entrance into gun-free areas. Appropriate rules, regulations, and provisions related to carrying handguns based on the student population, safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment may be established. However, universities may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns on campus by CHL holders.

How can I learn more?

You can read SB 11 online and a legislative analysis of it.

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