Campus Carry

Campus Carry Rule for Texas A&M University-Corpus

Common Questions & Answers

Summary of Texas A&M University System Member Campus Carry


On June 13, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed in to law Senate Bill 11, the campus concealed carry bill.  Effective August 1, 2016, this authorizes a handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus of an institution of higher education.

After consulting with students, staff, and faculty through open forums regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi adopted rules approved by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents addressing:

  • Carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on campus premises.
  • Areas where handguns are prohibited.

Things to Note as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Moves to Implement this Law

  • “Campus” means all land and buildings owned or leased by the University.
  • The University may establish reasonable rules and provisions as long as they do not have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on campus.
    • Each restricted area must be identified and justified.
    • Broad restrictions (all classrooms, all buildings, etc.) are not allowed.
    • Signage must be provided for each restricted area as outlined in Texas' Penal Code Section 30.06.
  • Once this rule is established, the campus space management committee will annually review it and propose changes as necessary to the university president.
  • The law does NOT allow open carry on campus.
  • A person must have a license to carry a concealed handgun on campus.
  • One must be 21 years old to obtain a concealed handgun license (CHL).
  • CHL holders must complete classroom training, pass a written exam, and pass a proficiency (shooting) demonstration.
  • The handgun cannot be visible or discernable through ordinary observation.
  • CHL holders are subject to criminal charges for carrying a handgun in plain view.
  • One must meet federal qualifications to purchase a handgun.
  • Islander Housing residents who are concealed handgun license holders must follow all state and federal laws concerning owning and possessing a handgun on campus. Any resident who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun and chooses to bring the handgun into their room/apartment must store his or her handgun and ammunition in an electronic locking steel safe that has been rented or purchased from Islander Housing. For information regarding safe rentals/purchases, visit