Texas Campus Concealed Carry Law Senate Bill 11 went to effect on August 1, 2016 at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed this senate bill on June 1, 2016. This authorizes a handgun license holder to carry a concealed gun on our campus.
A licensed handgun holder must be 21 years old and pass the concealed handgun class that is regulated by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). A first-time Concealed Handgun License (CHL) applicant must complete four to 6 hours of training, pass a written exam and pass a shooting demonstration. Where all classrooms and proficiency are to be conducted by a CHL instructor certified by the DPS.
“I’m cool with the concept of the concealed handgun law, the guidelines that we have made at TAMUK,” said Dr. Steve Bane, department chair at leadership and counseling. “It concerns me that violence can happen at any level. Having the restrictions on certain areas such as events and where children are located and as long people follow the rules, it’s all cool.”
Before the Concealed Carry Law was established into our campus, each college was given the right to pick out locations were firearms are not allowed. Areas that the President has prohibited are: Academy High School, University Speech and Hearing Clinic, 3rd floor of Irma Rangel College of Pharmacy building, Marc A. Cisneros Center for Young Children, the Health & Wellness Center, areas where UIL and Interscholastic events are hosted, campus laboratories, Javelina Stadium, the Student Recreation Center, TAMUK Citrus Center, ballpark, gymnasium, court area, and any sport event that the university is hosting.
“I don’t mind, I have nothing against guns if people want to carry guns to feel safe about it, it’s their right, I have nothing against it,” said Ashley Cervantes, business management major.The safety for the campus is a main priority for faculty, the university police department, and parents. UPD did go to certain organizations and even hosted an event prior to the law being effective on how to protect yourself in case of a firearm dangerous situation were to happen on campus.“I’m not against it or for the idea. It kind of worries me because you don’t know what a person can do,” said Latesha McMillan, Mechanical Engineer major.
The South Texan had a week poll questioning the campus “how do you feel about the Concealed Carry Law (SB: 11) on Campus?” The results were a total of 64 votes for Approval-30%, I don’t know-22%, and Disapproval-48%. A majority of the votes say that they dislike the Concealed Carry Law on campus.
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