About Texas Senate Bill 11

Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott in summer 2015, Senate Bill 11 allows individuals with a concealed handgun license to carry a handgun while on Texas public university campuses as long as the weapon is not visible. License holders must:

  • Be 21 years old, unless they are active duty military or police officers;
  • Meet federal qualifications to own a gun, and
  • Receive training from an instructor certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety

The law allowing concealed carry on university campuses went into effect on Aug. 1, 2016. It recognizes that Texas' public universities are unique and need to develop campus carry policies that are appropriate for their respective campuses.

In fall 2015,  a task force of students, faculty members, staff members and administrators was appointed to develop recommendations to implement a plan at UTSA. The task force explored specific rules, regulations and procedures related to campus carry and developed policies that included items such as identifying potential gun-free zones, creating appropriate signage, and conducting public education programs. UTSA's campus carry policy was issued on April 13, 2016.

Read Texas Senate Bill 11 in its entirety.