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Appendix A-8

Concealed Handgun Policy

1. Introduction

In 2015, the Texas Legislature approved and the governor signed legislation permitting individuals who possess a concealed handgun license to carry a concealed handgun on a college campus. The legislation becomes effective on August 1, 2016. Lamar State College – Orange has developed this policy pursuant to the requirements of Texas Government Code, Title 4, Subtitle B, Chapter 411, Subchapter H, Section 411.2031.

2. Definitions

a. “Campus” means all land and buildings owned or leased by Lamar State College – Orange.

b. “Premises” is any building or portion of a building.

c. “Handgun” is any firearm that is designed, made, or adapted to be fired with one hand.

d. “Concealed handgun” is any handgun, the presence of which is not openly noticeable to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person.

e. “Concealed handgun license” is a license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety pursuant to Texas Government Code, Title 4, Subtitle B, Chapter 411, Subchapter H.

f. “Prohibited Concealed Carry Location” is any location and/or event where the president of Lamar State College – Orange has determined that the carrying of a concealed handgun poses an undue risk to campus safety or any location and/or event that is exempt by virtue of other statutory requirements.

3. Right to Carry

a. An individual possessing a valid concealed handgun license is entitled to carry a concealed handgun on the campus and premises of Lamar State College – Orange.

b. License holders who carry a handgun on campus must carry it on or about their persons, concealed at all times, or secured in a locked, privately-owned or leased motor vehicle.

c. A license holder may not carry a handgun that is partially or wholly visible on the campus of Lamar State College – Orange.

d. Students who expose or otherwise reveal the presence of a concealed handgun are subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion.

e. Members of the faculty and staff who expose or otherwise reveal the presence of a concealed handgun are subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment.

f. Any individual who fails to meet the responsibilities required of a concealed handgun license holder may be reported to state authorities and may be subject to penalties that result in the revocation of their license.

g. Concealed Handgun License holders are not required to disclose their status to anyone other than a law enforcement officer. Lamar State College – Orange employees may not, under any circumstances, require faculty, staff, students, or visitors to disclose their concealed handgun status.

4. Prohibited Concealed Carry Locations

a. Any premise where a high school interscholastic event is taking place.

b. Any premise where a governmental meeting is taking place.

c. Any premise where a formal hearing such as student disciplinary hearing, student grade appeal hearing, or employee disciplinary hearing is being held.

d. Any and all Prohibited Concealed Carry Locations must be clearly identified and the campus community must be given advance notice of when and where the restrictions will be imposed. Written notices must include the following language:

Pursuant to Section 30.06, Penal Code (trespass by license holder with a concealed handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code (handgun licensing law), may not enter this property with a concealed handgun.

e. Any signage designating a Prohibited Concealed Carry Location must meet these minimum requirements: include the above italicized language in both English and Spanish; use contrasting colors with block lettering at least one inch in height; and be displayed in a conspicuous manner clearly visible to the public.

5. Review

a. The president will appoint a Concealed Carry Committee that will in each even numbered year review the policy and its effectiveness. The committee may recommend changes to the Prohibited Conceal Carry Locations and address any other concerns of the campus community.

b. Any changes to this policy shall be submitted to the TSUS Board of Regents for approval in accord with the timeline provided in Section 411.2031 of the Texas Government Code.

c. The president shall submit a report to the Texas Legislature by September 1st of each even numbered year describing Lamar State College – Orange’s policies, rules, regulations, and/or provision relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on campus. The Texas State University System Chancellor and the Board of Regents shall each be provided copies of the report.