Romo announces gun-free zones

Marina Vences

Senate Bill 11, or the campus carry law, was signed by Governor Abbott in June. This law will allow for (concealed) guns to be carried on Texas college and university campuses.

This legislation goes into effect for all Texas college campuses on August 1, 2016. Private universities are able to “opt out” of implementing SB11. The Texas Department of Public Safety states that the law requires a university’s president or other chief executive officer to establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus or on specific premises located on the campus. Students wishing to bring a gun to campus must be 21 years old (unless they are active duty military or police officers) and hold a CHL license. Open carrying of handguns is still prohibited at institutions of higher learning.