Campus Carry at PVAMU

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The Campus Carry Task Force has completed its charge of gathering input from our constituents to inform decisions and actions surrounding the implementation of the "Campus Concealed Carry" law (SB 11). Your voice helped to form the recommendations made to the Texas A&M University System on implementation of Campus Carry at Prairie View A&M University.

The Campus Carry Task Force has developed a training module to inform our campus community about Senate Bill 11. To schedule training for your team contact us at campuscarry@pvamu.edu.

The Law

Since Texas passed its concealed handgun license law (SB 273) in 1995, it has been legal for concealed handgun license holders (who must be at least 21 years old, have passed a background check and have satisfactorily completed a handgun training course approved by the State of Texas) to carry a concealed handgun on the grounds, but not the premises (i.e., in a structure), of an institution of higher education. SB 11 will allow holders of a handgun license to carry a concealed handgun into university premises as well when it goes into effect on August 1, 2016. It is estimated that less than 1% of PVAMU students have concealed handgun licenses.

Prairie View A&M University has established reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus or premises based on one or more of the following three justifications: rules in accordance with the law allows the university to establish:

  • The nature of the student population;
  • Specific safety considerations; and/or
  • The uniqueness of the campus environment.

Such rules, regulations or provisions may not generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution.

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