The Commerce Journal

May 30, 2013

New legislation will not affect college policy

By Joseph Hamrick
The Commerce Journal

COMMERCE — The Texas Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 1907, authorizing students who have a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) to carry a weapon on campus.

Jason Bone, crime information officer for the University Police Department, said it won’t change how the UPD works at all, because students with CHLs at Texas A&M University-Commerce are already allowed to carry.

“We were already allowing guns to be locked in the car on campus,” he said, adding the law used to state that it was up to each university to enact an ordinance allowing or disallowing a person with a CHL to bring their weapon on campus. “This law just codifies what we were already doing.”

Under the law, students who have a CHL can keep their firearms and ammunition in their vehicles on the campuses of institutions of higher education, but still does not allow students to bring their firearms in the classroom.

“Students still can’t carry it into a building,” he said.