- The Texas Department of Public Safety defines a concealed handgun as a handgun, the presence of
which is not openly discernible to the ordinary observation of a reasonable person. This same
definition is utilized at El Paso Community College (EPCC). At all times, the handgun must be on or
about the license holder’s body or secured and concealed safely. An individual’s right to carry a
concealed handgun is governed by specific legislative and institutional requirements.
- The EPCC President has been given the authority to enact “reasonable rules and regulations”
pertaining to campus carry but the rules may not either “generally prohibit” or “have the effect
of generally prohibiting” license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus. EPCC has
identified a number of Gun Free Zones where handguns will not be permitted, including but not
- College Child Care Centers
- Patient Care Facilities
- Select Research Labs
- Intercollegiate Athletic Events
- Individual Assigned Offices
Individual occupants assigned to an office that is generally not open to the public should be allowed,
at the individual occupant’s discretion, to prohibit the carrying of a concealed handgun in that office.
Oral notice (not written) must be provided that concealed carry of a handgun is prohibited in the
occupant’s office. Further, in the disposition of official duties, reasonable arrangements must be made
to meet at another location if occupant prohibits the concealed carry of a handgun.
Individual office occupants, who have been solely assigned a space generally not open to the public,
have been granted responsibility and substantial control over their office space. The maintenance of
office security rests solely on the individual office occupant, as is recognized through the issuing of
office keys. Traditionally, individual office occupants have exercised, at their discretion, who may or
may not enter their office.
Since signage conforming to Texas Penal Code § 30.06 may create confusion and present challenges to
the law, it is recommended that verbal notification be the sole requirement restricting the carry of
concealed weapons in individual assigned offices.
- Individuals who are licensed and desire to carry a concealed handgun on campus are responsible for
knowing where their handguns are at all times and which locations on campus are Gun Free Zones.
Individuals must also make appropriate decisions relating to make appropriate decisions relating to
gun storage when the handgun is not “on or about their body” and in their direct control.
The Concealed carry law does not require institutions to provide storage units or other similar
accommodations to license holders. Existing lockers, cabinets, closets and furnishings are property of
EPCC and do not meet the definition of providing safe storage and cannot be used to safely store a
handgun. At all times, the responsibility for maintaining ownership and control of a concealed
handgun rests with the holder. When not the direct possession of the license holder, handguns must
be concealed and locked in the owner’s private automobile or safely and securely stored by other
- Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11 (“campus carry”), which allows for the carrying of concealed handguns on Texas public institution campuses by license to carry (LTC) holders. The purpose of the campus carry policy is to provide guidance on how the law will be implemented at EPCC while maintaining the safety of our campus community.
- Campus carry will take effect on Aug. 1, 2017, although EPCC will be putting plans in place months ahead of that date to educate and inform the campus community.
- Campus carry is limited to license to carry (LTC) holders. To obtain a license to carry, a person must be 21 years old (with the exception of active duty military and police officers), meet state and federal qualifications to own a handgun and receive training from a LTC instructor that is certified by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
- Yes. Senate Bill 11 makes it legal for license to carry (LTC) holders to carry handguns on campus, starting Aug. 1, 2017. Since LTCs do not permit rifles and other weapons, those items remain prohibited at EPCC.
- EPCC President William Serrata has appointed a campus carry task force comprised of EPCC students, administrators, faculty and staff members, and community stakeholders. Forums will also be organized to allow the larger EPCC community an opportunity to share its suggestions on the institution’s campus carry policy.
The task force will make recommendations to President Serrata in fall 2016. The El Paso Community College Board of Trustees must also approve EPCC’s proposed campus carry policy.
- Senate Bill 11 gives the presidents of Texas’ public colleges the option to designate handgun-free zones on their campuses. EPCC’s task force will consider areas that could be designated as gun-free zones, how and where to place signage to notify the EPCC community and visitors about the law, and how to educate the campus community about the new law.
- Yes. Texas Senate Bill 11 – known as “campus carry” – becomes law on Aug. 1, 2017 and allows people with a license to carry (LTC) to carry concealed handguns in permitted areas on campus. The handguns must remain concealed.
Texas House Bill 910 – known as “open carry” – becomes law on Jan. 1, 2016 and makes it legal for LTC holders to carry visible handguns in the state of Texas. However, open carry would not apply at public colleges, including EPCC, so even when both laws go into effect, individuals will not be allowed to carry visible handguns at EPCC.
- Beginning August 1, 2017, Texas Senate Bill 11 allows only individuals with a license to carry (LTC) to carry a weapon on a community or junior college campus. It’s the law, and as a public college, we must follow the law.
- The Texas Department of Public Safety administers the license to carry program. Visit www.txdps.state.tx.us and click on the “handgun licensing” link for more information.
- In adherence to the Clery Act, EPCC posts annual security reports on the Police Department website. To view the most recent Clery data, visit www.epcc.edu/Police and click on the appropriate link on the web page.
- Call the EPCC Police at 831-2200 or dial 911 if you see any individual on campus with a handgun or
other type of weapon. EPCC Police will respond and resolve the situation appropriately. Violations of
the concealed carry policy will be adjudicated through the campus conduct process and/or the legal
- Yes. Anyone may ask, but the individual asked is not required to reply unless asked by a police officer.
- Faculty members may ask, but students are not required to provide that information, and faculty members may not take any action against a student who chooses not to answer. Any voluntary reporting by a student to a faculty member about his/her concealed carry permit status should be done privately. Faculty members should not, under any circumstances, coerce students into revealing their concealed carry status or pressure them to answer concealed carry queries.
- No. All of EPCC’s gun-free zones will be designated by the EPCC President and approved by the Board of Trustees. As EPCC develops its campus carry policy, it is taking great care to balance adherence to the law with the safety of the campus community.
- No. The mere act of carrying a concealed handgun (with a LTC permit as authorized by law) is not in and of itself a disruption of class activity. Likewise, another person’s adverse reaction to someone carrying a handgun in accordance with the concealed carry act is not grounds to eject the permit-holder from the classroom.
- No. This information is not a matter of public record.
- The law does not expressly state where a weapon needs to be in order to be considered “concealed.” The weapon cannot be in plain view or discernable by ordinary observation. Further, the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or in close proximity (as to be readily accessible).
- A person with a concealed carry permit must conceal the weapon. If a person’s coat opens in the act of raising his or her arm to ask a question, for example, and a handgun can be seen, it is not a violation. A violation would occur when a person knowingly and intentionally displays the handgun in plain view of another person.
- EPCC students, staff members, faculty members and visitors may not display their handguns on EPCC campuses. They must keep their handguns concealed at all times, barring life-threatening emergencies. If you see a handgun on campus, it should be reported to the EPCC Police Department so it can be documented and properly investigated. You can reach the EPCC Police Department at (915) 831-2000 or 911.
- Handguns must remain concealed. If you encounter a situation at an EPCC-sponsored event, you should speak with the staff member who oversees the group that held the event. If you’re unaware of what type of EPCC event it was, contact the Office of Campus Life at (915) 831-2108.
- If you have a valid license to carry (LTC) and you keep your handgun concealed, you may bring your handgun on campus starting Aug. 1, 2017. However, you may not display it publicly.
- No, guns will not be allowed at the Early College High School or the Day Care Center.
- Starting Aug. 1, 2017, handguns will be permitted at EPCC. The new state law allows concealed handgun permit holders to carry their weapon at any time.
- Texas has an existing law that relates to concealed carry and venues that serve alcohol.
- It is a criminal act to exhibit threatening behavior with a gun, regardless of the individual’s concealed carry permit status. When a crime is committed on campus, EPCC police officers will respond and take appropriate law enforcement action.
- Yes. If a police officer reasonably believes a safety risk exists, he/she may disarm you. Be courteous and non-confrontational and follow the police officer’s directions.
- A weapon may be used in self-defense only as allowed by law. By doing so, the person acting is doing so as a private citizen and not as an authorized agent of EPCC.
- The EPCC Police Department will offer training classes through the academic year for students, faculty members, and staff members about how to properly respond to a report of a person with a gun or an active shooter event. You are encouraged to attend one or more of these training sessions.
- Do not confront the person; call Police. Help others to escape and run away if you can. Otherwise conceal yourself. Fight back if you have no choice. If you encounter police officers, follow their instructions.
- EPCC is awaiting direction about how reciprocity agreements with other states should be enforced at public universities/colleges in Texas. As we learn more, we will update our Campus Carry webpage.