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Campus Concealed Carry at UT Tyler

Facts About Campus Carry

What was the law before August 2016?

License holders have been allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus (but not in buildings) for the past 20 years.

What is the law now?

S.B. 11 authorizes concealed campus carry only by "license holders," that is, people who received the state-mandated training and met the other statutory requirements for a license to carry a concealed handgun. Please see S.B. 11 for more information about the new law.

What does S.B. 11 mean for you?

  • The law does NOT allow open carry on campus. S.B. 11 deals only with the concealed carry of handguns by people who have a concealed carry license. It is now — and will still be — illegal to display a firearm in campus buildings as well as on campus streets, sidewalks, walkways, etc.
  • One must be 21 to obtain a license to carry. The minimum age for obtaining a license to carry a concealed handgun is ordinarily 21. (Members and veterans of the military may obtain a license before the age of 21.)
  • The law still makes it a crime for a license holder to carry a concealed handgun while intoxicated. This is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.
  • Guns are not permitted at collegiate athletic events.
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