Campus Carry

In 2015, the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, which states the following:

A license holder may carry a concealed handgun on or about the license holder's person while the license holder is on the campus of an institution of higher education or private or independent institution of higher education in this state.

All public colleges and universities in Texas are required to comply with this law. Four-year institutions began implementation in August 2016 and two-year colleges are effective August 2017. Each institution is granted the ability to establish reasonable rules and regulations for carrying a concealed handgun on campus:

After consulting with students, staff, and faculty of the institution regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment, the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Campus carry does not equal Open Carry. House Bill 910 legalized the open carry of handguns in Texas for those who have a license to carry for, but the open carry law prohibits the open carry of handguns on the premises of institutions of higher education. Therefore, openly carrying a gun on any North Central Texas College campus is illegal.

 Senate Bill 11 (2015) for Reference

NCTC Campus Carry Policy

The full campus carry policy is available as presented to the Board of Regents in June 2016. Please refer to this document for detailed information on the policies and procedures of North Central Texas College as they related to campus carry.

 NCTC Campus Carry Policy (As Presented June 2016)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is campus carry? add

“Campus carry” refers to Texas Senate Bill 11, which allows individuals who are licensed to carry a handgun to carry the concealed weapon on college and university campuses in Texas. A handgun must be within immediate reach and under the licensed individual's control at all times and never made visible or left unattended. Review the NCTC Campus Carry Policy for additional details.

What is the difference between open and concealed carry? add

“Open carry” remains illegal on the premises of colleges and universities even though it was made lawful off campus. Open carry means the individual does not have to conceal the handgun from view as it is "open" for the public to see. Texas House Bill 910 — known as "open carry" — became law on January 1, 2016. One must still have a License to Carry (LTC) issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety in order to lawfully carry.

“Concealed carry” means the weapon is concealed from view. The handgun must be carried on or about the license holder’s body at all times and the handgun cannot be openly discernible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person. The campus carry bill only allows for concealed carry.

When does “campus carry” become legal? add

“Campus carry” goes into effect for North Central Texas College and other two-year colleges on August 1, 2017. Four-year universities were effective in August 2016. Private institutions have the option to opt-out of the law, but as a public institution, NCTC does not.

Who can carry concealed on campus? add

Those who obtain a License to Carry (LTC) issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. This was previously known as a Concealed Handgun License (CHL).

According to the Department of Public Safety:

To obtain a license, applicants must be at least 21 years of age (unless active duty military) and must meet Federal qualifications to purchase a handgun. A number of factors may make individuals ineligible to obtain a license, such as: felony convictions, some misdemeanor convictions, including charges that resulted in probation or deferred adjudication; certain pending criminal charges; chemical or alcohol dependency; certain types of psychological diagnoses, and protective or restraining orders. The state eligibility requirements can be found in GC §411.172. The federal firearms disqualifiers can be found in 18 USC 44 §922.

Applicants must also submit a completed application, pay the required fees, complete all required training and submit required supplemental forms and materials. Applicants for an original (first-time) LTC should submit an online application, and schedule an appointment for fingerprinting. Applicants must also complete four to six hours of classroom training, pass a written examination and pass a proficiency demonstration (shooting). All classroom and proficiency must be conducted in Texas by a LTC instructor certified by DPS.

Where is concealed carry on campus prohibited? add

The NCTC Campus Carry Policy* outlines the areas and events that have prohibition of concealed carry. These areas include, but are not limited to: Darwin Fields, Lion’s Field House, Athletic Complex, Chaloupecky Tennis Center, campus testing centers, areas used for administrative hearings, and at certain special events.

How will I know if carrying is prohibited? add

Licenseholders are instructed to look for the proper posted notice. You will see a sign or notice posted on a building or portion of a building in English and Spanish, and compliant with state law, indicating that carrying a concealed weapon is prohibited. If you need to access an area that has a posted notice of prohibition of concealed carry you may conceal and secure the firearm in a personal vehicle, but never leave a handgun unattended or out of immediate reach on campus.

Are handguns the only type of firearm to which campus carry applies? add

Yes. Senate Bill 11 makes it legal for licensed holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, but not rifles and other weapons. Those items remain prohibited at NCTC.

Can NCTC ban handguns on campus? add

No. The campus carry bill allows the college to establish certain locations and events where concealed handguns are prohibited. NCTC can not and does not generally prohibit concealed carry on campus in order to comply with state law. As a reminder, open carry is illegal on all Texas higher education campuses.

What should I do if I feel threatened? add

Anyone who feels threatened should call the NCTC Police Department at (940) 668-4270 or Emergency 911.

What should I do if I see someone with a gun or an unattended gun on campus? add

Contact NCTC Police at (940) 668-4270. If you are in Bowie or Graham, contact your local police department first and follow up with NCTC Police. Do not touch an unattended firearm or confront anyone with a visible gun. If you believe there is imminent danger, call 911.