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Campus Carry Committee





Dear UTA faculty, staff, and students,

We provide the following important information in an effort to clarify the University’s implementation of the “campus carry” law, passed by the State of Texas Legislature. Please consult the campus carry website regularly for current information, frequently asked questions, and training and educational materials.

1. Is campus carry the same as open carry?

No. Campus carry is not the same as open carry. The campus carry law will allow those licensed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) to carry a concealed handgun in buildings on public university campuses, except in locations the University has established as gun-free.

Open carry allows licensees to carry a handgun on the outside of their clothing, but openly carrying handguns is not allowed on college campuses.

2. What is CHL (Concealed Handgun License) and how is it applied?

DPS licenses individuals to carry handguns within Texas. To obtain a concealed handgun license, 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 licensed instructor certified by DPS.

DPS evaluates the eligibility of applicants through criminal history background checks and monitors those currently licensed to ensure their continued eligibility.

For more information, visit the DPS website.

3. Does this mean anyone can carry a gun on campus?

No. It is illegal for an unlicensed individual to carry a concealed handgun at the University. Carrying a concealed handgun without a license is a third-degree felony.

4. What do I do if I see a visible handgun or firearm or some other possible violation of the campus carry law?

If you notice what you believe to be a violation of campus carry:


Call 911. An LTC (Licensed to Carry) holder is required to keep the handgun out of sight.


If you see a person on campus with a weapon, you can help with campus safety by alerting police about suspicious activity.


Call the UTA Police Department at 817-272-3003.

These and other frequently asked questions are posted at uta.edu/campuscarry. Please find UTA’s policy and other resources on the website and watch for upcoming communications with more information on this topic.


The UTA Campus Carry Committee






Campus Carry Committee - The University of Texas at Arlington

www.uta.edu/campuscarry  •  campuscarry@uta.edu