The guidance in this webpage and the UNT policy on campus carry may be amended by the President of UNT as necessary for campus safety, to include permanently designating new or additional locations where the carrying of concealed handguns on campus property is prohibited. For more details, please refer to section IV.K. of UNT Policy 04.001, Carrying of Concealed Handguns and Other Firearms on Campus.
In June of 2015, Gov. Greg Abbott signed Senate Bill 11, which has been called “campus carry,” into law. Starting Aug. 1, 2016, the law allows licensed holders to carry a concealed handgun on public university campuses, including the University of North Texas.
On September 1, 2021, House Bill 1927, which has been called “constitutional carry,” took effect. House Bill 1927, enacted as the Firearm Carry Act of 2021, allows individuals who are 21 years of age or older and who can legally possess a firearm to carry a handgun without first obtaining a license.
A License to Carry (LTC) is still required in order to carry on the premises of UNT buildings. The “campus carry” law allows universities to create an implementation policy with reasonable rules and regulations.Download the Campus Carry Powerpoint Presentation
UNT's Campus Carry Policy has been modified to reflect changes made to Texas law during the 2021 legislative session regarding the carrying of a handgun, effective September 1, 2021.
A: “Campus carry” refers to Texas Senate Bill 11, which allows individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed handgun on university campuses in Texas.
A: It took effect Aug.1, 2016 at public universities and a year later for community colleges. Private and independent institutions of higher education have the option to opt out of the law entirely. As a public university, UNT does not have that option.
A:Yes. The ability to carry a concealed handgun on campus comes from Texas Senate Bill 11 — known as "campus carry" — which allows a License to Carry (LTC) holder to carry a concealed handgun on public university campuses, including UNT.
Open carry means an individual does not have to conceal the handgun from view as it is "open" for the public to see. Texas House Bill 910 — known as "open carry" — became law on Jan. 1, 2016 and applies to the general public.
A: A License to Carry (LTC) holder may not carry a handgun openly on the campus of an institution of higher education such as UNT. This includes any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage, or other parking area at UNT.
A: As outlined in the UNT campus carry policy, a license holder may carry a concealed handgun while on the campus premises, which includes university buildings and public driveways, streets, sidewalks or walkways, parking lots, parking garages and other parking areas on campus. Concealed handguns also can be carried in university passenger transportation vehicles unless prohibited by state or federal law or by the UNT policy. License holders are responsible for knowing where concealed handguns may not be carried even where notice is not required to be posted.
A: Section IV of the UNT campus carry policy lists areas and events where concealed handguns may not be carried on campus either by state law or UNT policy. These areas include: places where a intercollegiate or high school sporting event is taking place; places of religious worship; in laboratories where biological hazards are present; locations where medical, health or clinical services are provided; locations where services to minors are provided, specifically the Child and Family Resource Center, Child Development Lab, Kristin Farmer Autism Center and McConnell Hall; areas where large-scale events are taking place, specifically the ballrooms and Lyceum in the University Union, ballroom in the Gateway Center, Coliseum, Main Auditorium, Murchison Performing Arts Center, University Theatre and Voertman Concert Hall; as well as at other locations or events.
A: Yes, as long as the backpack is carried on or about the LTC holder’s person and the handgun remains concealed.
A: The safest course of action is to call the UNT Police Department by dialing 911. They will respond to assess the situation and determine if the person is legally carrying a firearm.
A: As described in Texas Government Code, Section 411.172, individuals are generally eligible for licenses to carry (LTC) if they:
A: The state of Texas has several websites that may provide additional information. The License to Carry a Handgun website includes information on the licensing laws and statutes and an overview of what is needed to obtain a license. The Texas Department of Public Safety website has several pages of information on handgun licensing, laws, regulations, reports, statistics and more.