Richland College to Host ‘Concealed Carry’ Forum for Local Community Jan. 31

External photo of Sabine HallRichland College invites the public to attend a community forum regarding Senate Bill 11, also known as “Concealed Carry” and “Campus Carry,” at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Sabine Hall, room SH118. The intent of this public forum is to seek feedback regarding potential gun-free zones at Richland College and answer questions community members may have about Concealed Carry on the Richland College campus.

Information collected at the forum will be communicated to the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) Concealed Carry committee and assimilated into recommendations to the DCCCD chancellor, who will work with the DCCCD Board of Trustees to set the policies and procedures for DCCCD colleges and locations.

The Concealed Carry legislation permits a Licensed to Carry (LTC) holder to carry a concealed handgun on or about his or her person on the campus of an institution of higher education in Texas. Signed by the governor in June 2015, the law went into effect for four-year colleges and universities on Aug. 1, 2016, and will go into effect for DCCCD and other Texas community colleges on Aug. 1, 2017.

The law allows institutions to consult with students, faculty, staff and the community to establish reasonable rules or regulations that prohibit LTC holders from carrying concealed handguns on certain areas of campus, in a building or a portion of a building as long as the rules and regulations do not have the effect of generally prohibiting a license holder from carrying a concealed handgun on campus. Effective notice must be provided anywhere handguns may not be carried.

“While Concealed Carry remains a contentious topic, the initial phase of the debate has yielded to complying with the passed legislation,” said Scott Branks del Llano, Ph.D., coordinator for the Richland College Institute for Peace and Human Rights. “We are now confronted with implementation and the task of recommending gun-free zones on each of our campuses.”

The law does not allow Open Carry on college campuses and does not allow the carry of rifles or shotguns on college campuses. A handgun is a pistol, revolver or other firearm for which the length of the barrel, which, not including the revolving, detachable or magazine breech, does not exceed 12 inches.

Additional information about Concealed Carry is available at richlandcollege.edu/police-department/concealed-carry. Questions and concerns can be emailed to ConcealedCarry@dcccd.edu.

Richland College is located at 12800 Abrams Rd. in Dallas.