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Campus Concealed Carry FAQ

Campus Concealed Carry F.A.Q.s

The 84th Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed the bill into law, authorizing handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on certain university campuses, effective August 1, 2016. 

Midwestern State University is currently working to adopt a university rule by the implementation date, which will guide handgun license holders who exercise their privilege to carry concealed handguns on the MSU campus.

The following frequently asked questions are provided to inform interested parties about the current status of Campus Concealed Carry at MSU, and will be updated as necessary.

When will the law take effect?

August 1, 2016.  Handgun licensees may not carry concealed handguns inside university buildings until that date.

Currently, who may carry a firearm on the MSU campus?

Only law enforcement officers and individuals specifically granted permission by the institution may carry firearms inside university buildings, at this time.  Handgun license holders may currently carry concealed handguns in areas located outside of university buildings.

When this law takes effect, who may carry concealed handguns inside university buildings?

In addition to law enforcement officers, licensees who possess a valid Handgun License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, or the entity having responsibility for such licensing in another state, which has a reciprocal or unilateral agreement with the State of Texas.

I have heard about “open carry” in Texas.  Will that apply on campus?

No.  Handguns carried by license holders, regardless of location on campus, must remain concealed at all times.

To whom should I report a handgun that is not concealed?

License holders must keep their handguns concealed.  If you perceive a handgun, you should notify the MSU PD immediately.  MSU PD will investigate the circumstances surrounding the display, and make a determination as to whether any criminal or university rule violation has occurred.

Will handguns be allowed everywhere on campus?

MSU is going through a process in order to determine whether any spaces will be considered “gun-free” zones.  Any such locations will need to be designated by rule, by the CEO.  If any locations are designated as off-limits to handguns, MSU will provide effective notice via signage in both English and Spanish, conspicuously posted and visible to the public, as required by law. 

Will handgun license holders have to register with the University, in order to carry a concealed handgun on campus?

No, license holders will not be required to register with the University prior to carrying a concealed handgun on campus.

What happens if someone violates a state law or a university rule regarding the carrying of a firearm on campus?

Persons who violate state law concerning the possession of a firearm on campus are subject to arrest and criminal prosecution.  Persons who violate a university rule, whether an employee or student, may subject themselves to disciplinary sanctions by the University.

To whom may I direct my comments and/or questions regarding the university rule that is currently being considered?

Comments and questions may be directed to Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at