Lamar's concealed carry policy is approved

The policies apply only to concealed handguns, as open carry will remain unlawful.
The policies apply only to concealed handguns, as open carry will remain unlawful. | File photo

The Texas State University System Board of Regents recently approved Lamar University’s concealed handgun policy, which regulates students, employees and visitors according to Texas Senate Bill 11.

“Lamar University is committed to maintaining a welcoming and safe educational environment for students, employees and visitors,” Senior Associate Provost Kevin Smith said. “We’ve worked hard to draft policy that meets the intent of Senate Bill 11 balanced with specific and reasonable circumstances that require the exclusion of handguns.”

The policies apply only to concealed handguns, as open carry will remain unlawful. Concealed carry will not be allowed on Lamar areas associated with high school, collegiate, professional and interscholastic events or in area and activities of the Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities, which includes high school-aged students. It is also prohibited at health and mental health counselling facilities, in disciplinary and personnel facilities, and in areas associated with governmental meetings and the Lamar University Police Department. The university can also temporarily prohibit concealed carry in portions of the campus.

“We have worked very hard to ensure we have heard the many voices on this issue,” Smith said.

Handgun carriers must be licensed under Texas law. The rule will go into effect on Aug. 1.

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