Campus Carry FAQs

The WCJC Campus at U of H Sugar Land's Campus Carry law/policy allows
persons with a License to Carry (LTC) to carry a concealed handgun in certain
areas on the U of H Sugar Land Campus beginning August 1, 2016.


     Any additional questions can be answered by submitting an email to:

                                            CampusCarry@wcjc.edu

 

A.    What is the college doing to prepare for campus concealed carry?

a.    The 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which expands the areas
       on public university campuses where those with a License to Carry (LTC)
       may carry concealed handguns. This bill outlines the process universities,
       community colleges and junior colleges must use to implement the new law.
       The President of the institution is required to consult with students, faculty,
       and staff before establishing a reasonable set of rules for the institution to
       follow.

       A task force was established at WCJC to comply with SB 11. They are to
       advise the college President and The Board of Trustees on implementing
       SB 11.

       The task force consists of:

       Chairman: Bryce Kocian - Vice President of Administrative Services.

       Members:

Robert Wolter – Director FBTC.
Kayla Harden - Division Secretary to Social/Behavior Science.
Lindsey Reeves – WCJC Student.
Liz Rexford – Instructor, Government Studies.
Ben Sharp - Marketing and Communication Coordinator.
Michelle Smith - Division Secretary to Vocational Science.
Danny Terronez -Public Safety Director.
David Woods – Instructor, Computer Science.

After all the input from students, faculty and staff were submitted for review,
the recommendations were reviewed for legal accuracy by General Counsel
before being presented to the President and the Board of Trustees for
endorsement. Then the college is required to submit  the rules to the State
legislature for review, including an explanation of why the college adopted
the provisions.  The College has adopted and created a new Campus Carry
Policy (Reg. 326).

The recommendations were approved and will go into effect August 1, 2017.

The exception to this for WCJC is the Sugar Land Campus. This is because
WCJC leases the building from The University of Houston; the rules for the
four year campus must  be followed in this situation.  The University of Houston
Campus Carry Plan will, in effect, be followed by WCJC Sugar Land Campus.
The Plan for the four year institution is effective August 1, 2016.

  University of Houston Manual of Administrative Policies and Procedures

                         University of Houston MAPP Appendix 1 

B.     Who can carry?

a.    Holder of a valid Texas License to Carry (LTC).

C.    Where on campus can you carry a concealed handgun?

a.    Individuals without a valid Texas License to Carry (LTC) can have a handgun
       in a motor vehicle that is owned by the individual or under their control so long
       as the handgun is not in plain view and they are lawfully permitted to own a
       handgun.

       Holders of a valid Texas License to Carry (LTC):

•  Can carry concealed only in any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk
   or walkway,
 parking lot, or physical premises (building or portion of building) 
   
building on campus.

•  Cannot carry even with a Texas License to Carry (LTC):

                          i.   Premises where a collegiate sporting event is taking place
                         ii.   On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place
                               of
 religious worship.
                        iii.   At any meeting of a governmental entity (Board of Trustees meeting).

D.     Can you carry openly or does a handgun currently have to be concealed when it
         is being carried on campus?

a.    NO, the handgun needs to be concealed at all times. Anyone intentionally or
       knowingly displays the handgun in plain view for others to see is in violation
       of the Texas License to Carry a Handgun Law and is subject to a Class A
       misdemeanor.
The handgun in a motor vehicle must not be in plain view.

 E.    Can you display or takeout your concealed handgun to show to others?

a.    Anyone intentionally or knowingly displays the handgun in plain view for others
       to see is in violation of the Texas License to Carry a Handgun Law and is subject
       to a Class A misdemeanor.

 F.    What if I see someone on campus with a gun?

a.    The best course of action is to call the campus security or local Police. They will
       respond and make contact with the individual to determine if that person is an
       authorized license holder and can be legitimately carrying a firearm.  Please use
       caution, do not attempt to make contact with the person.

 G.    When does the new law take effect?

a.    August 1, 2016 for public four-year universities.
       August 1, 2017 for two-year public colleges.

 H.    What are the penalties for carrying an unlicensed handgun on campus?

a.     It is a 3rd degree felony (Places Weapons Prohibited – Texas Penal Code §46.03)
        if carry a handgun on:

  •         •  On the physical premises (building or portion of building) of a university or
                college campus.

           •  Any grounds on which a sponsored sports activity is being conducted

Class A Misdemeanor (Unlawful Carrying Weapons – Texas Penal Code §46.02) 
if carry a handgun anywhere on campus, other than those places listed above,
without a LTC, unless the individual is in a motor vehicle and the handgun is not
in plain view.

Class A Misdemeanor (Unlawful Carrying of Handgun by License Holder –
Texas Penal Code §46.035) if holder of a LTC carries a handgun:

   •  On the premises where a high school, or professional sporting event
      or interscholastic event is taking place, unless the license holder is a
      participant in the event and a handgun is used in the event.

  •          •  On the premises of a church, synagogue, or other established place of
                religious worship

   •  At any meeting of a governmental entity (e.g., City Council, County
      Commissioners, or Board of Trustees)

I.      What are the requirements to obtain a License to Carry (LTC) in Texas?

a.    In general, individuals are eligible for licenses to carry concealed handguns, if they:

  •         •  Are over 21 years of age;

            •  Have been a legal resident of the state for a six-month period preceding the
                application;

            •  Have not been convicted of a felony;

            •  Are not currently charged with commission of a Class A or B misdemeanor;

            •  Are not chemically dependent;

            •  Are capable of exercising sound judgment;

            •  Are not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to a
               restraining order affecting a spousal relationship;

            •  Are qualified under federal and state law to purchase a handgun;

            •  Are current on child support payments or other monies collected by a state
                agency; and

           •  Take and pass a course that has a written test and a shooting proficiency
               test

         Full eligibility requirements are explained in Texas Government Code § 411.172.

J.     Who establishes the rules regarding carrying concealed handguns on campus
        and what is the process for establishing rules?

a.     The President of WCJC, after consulting with students, faculty, and staff 
        
regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations,
         and the uniqueness of the campus environment, shall establish reasonable
         rules regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on 
         campus. The President may amend the rules as necessary for campus safety.

The law allows a college to make rules concerning the storage of handguns
in dormitories or other residential facilities that are on campus and owned by
the college, or on campus and leased and operated by the university.

Not later than 90 days after the President’s rules are established, the Board
of Trustees shall review the rules. The rules may be amended by the Board.
If amended by the Board, the amended rules shall constitute the college’s rules.

The rules shall be widely distributed, including posting to the college’s website.
Effective notice under Texas Penal Code §30.06 must be provided for any
portion of a premise where a license holder may not carry.

Not later than September 1 of even-numbered years, each university shall
report to the legislature its concealed carry rules and explain the reasons the
college established the rules.

K.     Can an international or undocumented student legally in Texas on a student visa
         obtain a License to Carry (LTC)?

a.    NO. To obtain a Texas License to Carry (LTC) you must be qualified under
       state and federal law to purchase a handgun. See Texas Government Code
       411.172. An international student here on a student visa is prohibited under
       federal law from purchasing or possessing a firearm or ammunition unless
       they meet certain exceptions; for example, they are admitted to the U.S. for
       lawful hunting or sporting purposes. There are other exceptions. See 18 U.S.C.
       922(g)(5)(B) and 922(y)(2).

L.     Can I personally make a rule that someone who has a license to carry a handgun
        cannot 
carry it into my office, classroom, or laboratory.

a.    NO, the changes enacted by Senate Bill 273 (Wrongful Exclusion of License
       to Carry (LTC) have been in effective since September 1, 2015. 
       SB 273 permits the state to fine any university or college if it attempts, by
       utilizing a Penal Code 30.06 notice, to prohibit a License to Carry holder
       from carrying a concealed handgun in a place not prohibited by sections
       46.03 or 46.035 of the Penal Code.

       In other words, unless existing state law prohibits carrying a concealed handgun
       in a location, a state agency cannot bar carrying a concealed handgun at the
       location. The fine can be $1,500 per day for the first offense, and can be as high
       as $10,500 per day for a second or subsequent offense.

 M.     Is a handgun license holder required to display identification if asked to by a
          magistrate or a peace officer?

 YES, the license holder shall display both the license holder’s driver’s license and
  identification certificate issued by DPS, and the license holder's handgun license.
 Texas Government Code § 411.205.

 N.     Is a handgun license holder required to respond if someone other than a peace
         officer or magistrate asks them if they have a handgun license?

a.     NO, a handgun license holder is not required to disclose he has a license to
        anyone except a magistrate or peace officer. A person engaged in lawful activity
        (i.e., applying for and obtaining a handgun license) is not required to provide
        information to any person, including a university official, about their personal
        choices, beliefs, or practices.

 O.     Who are the peace officers on campus?

 a.    There are three:

         Danny Terronez –WCJC Public Safety Director
         Debra Pruitt – U of H Police Corporal - Sugar Land Campus
         Nathan Green - U of H Fire Marshal - Sugar Land Campus

 

Faculty Questions: 

A.    What options are available if I do not want to share an office with someone who
        will be bringing a weapon to campus?  Can I request a change?

a.     Request for having a change in office can be made at any time. The request is
        reviewed in a
case by case basis. 

Rules regarding wrongful exclusion of concealed handgun license holders
(Senate Bill 273) have been in effective since September 1, 2015. SB 273
permits the state to fine any university or college if it attempts, by utilizing a
Penal Code 30.06 notice, to prohibit a concealed handgun license holder
from carrying a concealed handgun in a place not prohibited by sections
46.03 or 46.035 of the Penal Code.

In other words, unless existing state law prohibits carrying a concealed
handgun in a location, a state agency cannot bar carrying a concealed
handgun at the location. The fine can be $1,500 per day for the first offense,
and can be as high as $10,500 per day for a second or subsequent offense.

 B.    What is the best way to secure a weapon in my office? Is locking it in a desk
         sufficient, if so will we all be given desk keys, can I keep my gun in a locked
      
  box in an unlocked desk?

a.    The law allows a college to make rules concerning the storage of handguns in
       dormitories or other residential facilities that are on campus and owned by the
       college, or on campus and leased and operated by the college.

 C.    Will any of the WCJC public spaces be declared “Gun Free”- for instance the
         cafeteria, 
 bookstore, gym, weight room etc.?

a.   No.  Refer to Regulation 326.

D.     What will the protocol be for when children are on campus such as registration
       
 for Kids College, UIL day etc.?

a.    UIL is held at the Wharton Campus when the school is closed and no WCJC
       students will be on campus at this time. 
Kids College is held on the Sugar Land
       Campus, which falls under the jurisdiction of the University of Houston’s Campus
       Carry Plan. You need to inquire about their Campus Carry Plan.

E.     How can or what is the college plan for making sure the public knows they will
         be safe on 
campus? The cosmetology department, dental hygiene clinic, senior
         center, etc. all have
members of the public in their areas.

a.    As educators, we want to make sure that our campuses as safe as possible.
       We have in the past done everything reasonable to ensure a safe and secure
       educational environment. We will do our utmost to continue this effort for
       students, faculty and staff in the future. If anyone has any safety concerns,
       please report them immediately. 

F.     Will faculty and staff members who bring a gun to campus have to alert security
         that they will be carrying?

a.    NO, a handgun license holder is not required to disclose he has a license to
       anyone except a magistrate or peace officer. A person engaged in lawful activity
       (i.e., applying for and obtaining a handgun license) is not required to provide
       information to any person, including a university official, about their personal
       choices, beliefs, or practices.

 G.    Will WCJC Security be armed?

a.    NO, not at this time, but it is subject to review.

 H.    What will be the process for reporting any violations such as unsecured guns?

 a.    The best course of action is to call the campus security or local Police. They will
        respond and make contact  with the individual to determine if that person is an
        authorized license holder and can be legitimately carrying a firearm. Please use
        caution, do not attempt to make contact with the person.

 I.     What will be the process for securing guns in labs, clinics etc.?

a.   The handgun license holder is responsible for handgun safety.

 

Student Questions:

A.     Will the dorms be “gun free?”  If not can I request to room with someone who
         is not carrying a 
gun?

a.     NO not at this time. Request for having a change in rooms can be made at any
        time. The request is reviewed in a case by case basis.
However the law allows
        a college to make rules concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or
        other residential facilities that are on campus and owned by the college, or on
        campus and leased and operated by the college.

 B.     Will the cafeteria be “gun free?”

 a.    NO, not at this time, but The law allows a college to make rules concerning the
        storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities that are on 
        
campus and owned by the college, or on campus and leased and operated by
        the college.

 C.     How will I be able to secure my gun in the cafeteria, gym or labs?

 a.    The handgun license holder is responsible for handgun safety.

 D.     When traveling as a WCJC student, will I be allowed to bring my gun?

 a.    They must be a Licensed to Carry (LTC) Holder. In general, individuals
        are eligible for licenses to carry concealed handguns, if they:

  •          •  Are over 21 years of age;

  •          •  Have been a legal resident of the state for a six-month period preceding
                the application;

             •  Have not been convicted of a felony;

             •  Are not currently charged with commission of a Class A or B misdemeanor;

             •  Are not chemically dependent;

             •  Are capable of exercising sound judgment;

             •  Are not currently restricted under a court protective order or subject to
                a restraining order affecting a spousal relationship;

             •  Are qualified under federal and state law to purchase a handgun;

             •  Are current on child support payments or other monies collected by a
                state agency; and

            • Take and pass a course that has a written test and a shooting proficiency
               test.

Full eligibility requirements are explained in Texas Government Code § 411.172.

Individuals without a valid Texas License to Carry (LTC):

Can have one in a motor vehicle that is owned by the individual or under their control so long as the handgun is not in plain view and they are lawfully permitted to own a handgun.

 

More Info:

Any additional questions can be answered by submitting an email to:

CampusCarry@wcjc.edu

 

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