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Concealed Carry Training

Concealed Carry and the DCCCD

By Talent Central/Development
Special Thanks: Greg Elkins & Richland College

Objectives of Concealed Carry Training

  • Review and understand important terms
  • Understand Senate Bill 11 (the concealed carry law) & what it means for the DCCCD
  • Review history & facts of concealed carry
  • Identify exclusion zones
  • Examine the rights & responsibilities of License to Carry (LTC) holders
  • Identify disciplinary actions for violators

Scope (Purpose Statement)

  • The Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD) is committed to protecting the
  • health and safety of the College District community, while respecting the rights of its
  • individual members.
  • At all times, it is the intent of the DCCCD Board of Trustees to comply with the law without
  • compromising the mission, purpose or environment of the College District.
  • Applicability
  • This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, guests, visitors, individuals, and
  • organizations doing business with or on behalf of the DCCCD on College District property.
  • Does not apply to commissioned peace officers, including the College District police
  • department

Glossary Terms:

  • Biological Agents-Living things or products of living things used in instruction or experimentation that have the ability to adversely affect human health. Biological agents include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microorganisms.
  • Concealed-A “handgun” shall be considered concealed if it is not openly discernible (noticeable) through ordinary observation.
  • Counseling-Assisting a client through a therapeutic relationship, using a combination of mental health and human development principles, methods and techniques, including psychotherapy, to achieve the mental, emotional, physical, social, moral, educational, spiritual or career-related development and adjustment of the client throughout the client’s life. Counseling does not include academic, financial or career advising.
  • Display of a handgun-The knowing or intentional display of a handgun in the plain view of a person, even if holstered.
  • Flammable and/or Combustible Materials-Includes solids, liquids or gases that are grouped as either flammable or combustible by their flashpoints (temperature or point of ignition). Examples of combustible materials include, but are not limited to, acetylene, butane, methane, propane, argon, hydrogen, diesel fuel, gasoline, kerosene, acetone, solvents, paint thinners, and certain dusts and powders.
  • Handgun-Any firearm that is designed, made or adapted to be fired with one hand. The definition does not include rifles or shotguns.
  • Intentional-A person acts intentionally when it is his or her conscious objective or desire to engage in a specific conduct or cause a specific result.
  • Interscholastic Event - Any function, program, or contest between primary or secondary schools or representatives thereof.
  • Knowing-A person acts knowingly when they are aware of the nature of their conduct or that circumstances exist and the result of their conduct is reasonably certain to cause a result.
  • Lessee-A person or entity who acquires the right to possess and use goods under a lease.
  • License Holder (LTC)-A person licensed-to-carry a handgun (formerly called a Concealed Handgun License holder) by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
  • On or about One’s Person-A license holder must carry a handgun in a manner that the handgun is within such distance or proximity that the person could reach it without materially changing his or her position.
  • Open Carry-The carry of a partially or wholly visible handgun stored in a shoulder or belt holster in plain or partial view and in a public place.
  • Polling Place-The portion of the College District premises in which voting occurs on the day of an election or while early voting is in progress.
  • Premises-A building or portion of a building. Unless otherwise provided by law or this policy, the term does not include any public or private driveway, street, sidewalk or walkway, parking lot, parking garage or other parking area.
  • Property-All land and buildings, and portions of buildings owned or leased by the College District.

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Section: Background of Concealed Carry and SB-11 

Senate Bill 11 (SB-11) – Concealed Carry: 

Texas Senate Bill 11 (SB-11) is also called the “concealed carry” law. SB-11 allows individuals who have a license to carry (LTC), to carry a concealed handgun on any public college or university campus in Texas. 

Provisions of SB-11:

  • Permits institutions to adopt reasonable rules and regulations regarding the carry of
  • concealed handguns by license holders including those that prohibit concealed carry in
  • certain areas of DCCCD campuses (exclusion zones)
  • Institutions of higher learning cannot completely ban concealed carry on their campuses.
  • Pertains only to handguns
  • Does not allow for open carry, including a wholly or partially visible handgun.
  • (Open carry is prohibited on all college & university campuses.)
  • DCCCD shall provide notice where concealed carry is prohibited

Open Carry vs. Concealed Carry:

What does it look like? 

Open Carry: Two images of people carry guns in holsters in plain view. One man is at a convenience  store getting a fountain drink. His gun is in his holster on his belt in plain view of everyone.

Concealed Carry: Three images of students who could be carrying a concealed handgun.

  • Girl is wearing a backpack
  • Male student is sitting on a wall with a book bag on his shoulder. He is wearing a pair of sunglasses.
  • A person in on their cell phone. Their hand is resting on top of their bag,

Note: Open carry is prohibited on the campuses of Texas colleges and Universities. 

Video Example - Unintentional display of a handgun 

In this video, students are sitting around a table reading their books. One male student drops his book on the ground. When he bends over to get it, his concealed handgun peaks out from underneath his shirt. After he picks up his book, he quickly pulls his shirt down to conceal his handgun from the other students. He has unintentionally showed his handgun to his classmates. This is not a violation because he did not mean to show his handgun. 

Video Example - Intentional Display of a Handgun 

In this video a group of students are hanging out talking with each other. A male student walks up and lifts his shirt up to show the group of students his concealed handgun. This is an intentional display of a handgun and is not allowed on the DCCCD campuses at any time. 

Texas LTC Demographics 

This slide shows a graph representing how the demographics of Texas LTC holders compare:

  • 74% are over the age of 40
  • 16% are between the ages of 30-39
  • 10% are under the age of 30

Facts:

  • Around 3-4% of the State of Texas population have a license to carry
  • Most people who have a LTC are over the age of 40

Concealed Carry across the U.S. 

Eleven states currently allow concealed carry permit holders (LTC) to carry concealed handguns on campus:

  • Arkansas (2017)
  • Colorado (2003)
  • Georgia (2017)
  • Idaho (2014)
  • Kansas (2013)
  • Mississippi (2011)
  • Oregon (2011)
  • Tennessee (2016)
  • Texas (2016)
  • Utah (2004)
  • Wisconsin (2011)

There is a map on the slide showing the 11 states that allow concealed carry on campus see above.

There are 18 states that do not allow concealed carry on campus.

  • California
  • Utah
  • New Mexico,
  • Wyoming
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Kansas
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • New York
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • South Carolina
  • Florida

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Section: Responsibilities of LTC Holders 

An LTC holder cannot:

  • Carry while intoxicated
  • Intentionally or knowingly display a handgun in plain view on District property (includes parking lots, streets, sidewalks, public driveways, parking garages or other parking areas and walkways)
  • They must show drivers and LTC licenses to DCCCD police if requested
  • The DCCCD may disarm license holder if deemed necessary for protection of LTC holder,
  • police or others
  • Handgun must be on or about their person at all times
  • If you have to enter an exclusion zone on DCCCD property, you must secure handgun in
  • locked privately owned vehicle
  • Except as required by law, an individual is not required to disclose whether he or she is a
  • license holder in order to participate in a DCCCD program or receive a service offered by the
  • District.

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Section: Exclusion Zones 

Exclusion zones - As allowed by SB-11, the College District has established certain exclusion zones where the concealed carry of a handgun is prohibited. 

The following are exclusion zones designated by the DCCCD Board of Trustees:

  • Childcare Centers - On the premises of a facility licensed, certified, or registered by the
  • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. (The DCCCD has two campuses with
  • childcare centers: Brookhaven and Eastfield)
  • Polling Place-On the premises of the College District designated as polling places on the day
  • of an election (federal, state, or local) or while early voting is in progress.
  • Sporting or Interscholastic Events:
    • High school, collegiate, or professional sporting event or interscholastic event, nless license holder is participant in event
    • Sports club or intramural athletic event or at location where athletic/sports activity is taking place & majority of participants are under 18
  • Board Meetings - Handguns are prohibited in the room or rooms where a meeting of the
  • College District Board of Trustees is being held.
  • Counseling Services-Where a licensed professional counselor(s) engages in the practice of counseling.
  • Does not include: academic advising, financial advising or career advising.
  • Health Care facilities-Prohibited on the premises of the College District where healthcare services are provided.

Traditional healthcare services (first aid & emergency care) includes, but is not limited to:

  • Community Health care
  • Disease prevention
  • Health awareness
  • Health education
  • Screenings
  • Health Counseling
  • Allied Health Labs
  • Healthcare services delivered under supervision or direction of licensed healthcare provide
  • Laboratories & Potentially Hazardous Areas-
    • Where flammable and/or combustible materials or biological agents are present and/or utilized
    • Instruction provided in Veterinary Tech Program, where animals are used and/or cared for under supervision or direction of licensed veterinary technician
    • Areas where substances designated as “immediately dangerous to life and health” are present and access is restricted to College District personnel in the discharge of their duties
    • Where equipment that is incompatible with metallic objects is present, such as magnetic resonance imaging machines
  • Pre-K-12 Programs-In locations of College District when & where Pre-K-12 school or Pre-K-12
  • College District sponsored programs or activities are conducted.
  • Programs designated for Pre-K-12 students which utilize College District facilities including classroom, dining, meeting and recreation spaces
    • Sanctioned youth camps
  • Note: Volunteers & staff cannot carry concealed handguns to Pre-K-12 programs or events.
  • Fitness Center/Facility-Areas used to facilitate, instruct, or provide physical exercise program or activity.

This prohibition includes, but is not limited to:

  • Gymnasiums
  • Physical fitness labs or centers
  • Saunas and whirlpool baths
  • Shower areas
  • Recreational and/or sports courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Locker rooms
  • Weight rooms
  • Equipment rooms located within or in immediate proximity to fitness locations
  • College Vehicles -Prohibited in vehicles owned or leased by College District and used by an employee of the College District in the course and scope of the employee's employment (excludes District police officers)
  • Event Specific-Prohibited at large-scale and/or ticketed events of the College District for which the carry of concealed handguns poses heightened safety concerns, or is prohibited by contract or lease agreement.
  • (Includes college and high school graduations)
  • Grievance Proceedings-Prohibited in designated locations of the College District when and where formal grade disputes, disciplinary proceedings and/or grievance proceedings are conducted pursuant to established employee and student discipline/grievance procedures.
  • By Law or Contract-Concealed handguns are prohibited where state or federal law, licensing requirements, or contract requires such exclusion and the exclusion does not generally prohibit license holders from carrying concealed handguns on College District property
  • Exclusion areas under this provision may include certain leased spaces on College District property, as determined by the lessee
  • Temporary Exclusion Zones-Concealed handguns may be prohibited on a case-by-case basis as deemed reasonably necessary by the Chancellor or designee, to ensure the safety of the College
  • District community.

You have completed this section.

Section: Disciplinary Action

Individuals found to be in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion, termination of employment, severance of a business relationship, and/or criminal prosecution. 

You have completed this section.

Section-Resources:

The following are web addresses to resources that support this training.

You will be prompted to log into the DCCCD network to retrieve the .txt documents in the Portal.

The last two resources (5&6) are links to external websites.

  1. Senate Bill 11
  2. DCCCD Concealed Carry Adopted Policy
  3. District Concealed Carry Committee Final Report
  4. New Handgun licensing Rules
  5. Report – Guns on Campus: The Architecture and Momentum of State Policy Action 2016 NASPA: Report – Guns on Campus: The Architecture and Momentum of State Policy Action 2016 NASPA (PDF)
  6. Why Campus Carry: Texas Students for Concealed Carry (2016)

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Quiz Instructions:

You are ready to take a 10 question multiple choice and True/False quiz over the concealed carry information. When you are finished with the quiz. Print out this document and give to the appropriate person on your campus.

  • The DCCCD Concealed Carry policy applies to:
    • Faculty
    • Staff
    • Visitors
    • All of the Above

The correct answer is all of the above-Faculty, staff, visitors and organizations doing business within the DCCCD must adhere to the concealed carry policy.

  • Senate Bill 11
    • Allows anyone to carry weapons on campus
    • Allows LTC holders to carry concealed handguns on campus
    • Prohibits anyone from carrying concealed handguns on campus
    • Allows LTC holders to open carry handguns on campus

The correct answer is b. Only License to Carry Holders are allowed to carry concealed handguns on campus.

  • LTC holders refers to:
    • Limited to carry
    • Licensed to carry
    • Let to carry
    • Licensed to conceal

The correct answer is b. LTC holder stands for License to Carry holder. These individuals carry a license to carry a concealed handgun in the state of Texas.

  • Concealed Carry applies only to the concealed carry of handguns by LTC holders.
    • True
    • False

The correct answer is true. Concealed carry only applies to LTC holders and handguns. Larger guns such as rifles are not allowed on the DCCCD campuses under any circumstances.

  • The largest segment of the Texas population that is licensed to carry in the state is:
    • Under the age of 30
    • Ages 30-39
    • Over the age if 40
    • All of the above

The correct answer is c. Around 3-4% of the population of the state of Texas are license to carry holders but most of these LTC holders are over the age of 40.

  • An LTC holder must secure their handgun when entering an exclusion zone by:
    • Locking it in their desk
    • Leaving it in their locked office
    • Leaving it in a locked privately owned vehicle
    • Leaving it in their backpack by the door

The correct answer is c. LTC holders must secure a handgun in their locked privately owned vehicle if they have to enter exclusion zone on DCCCD property.

  • Exclusion zones are areas on campus where concealed handguns are not allowed.
    • True
    • False

The correct answer is true. Exclusion zones are areas on campuses where the concealed carry of a handgun is prohibited.

  • What is NOT considered an exclusion zone?
    • Childcare facilities
    • Parking lots
    • Science labs
    • Baseball games
    • Graduation

The correct answer is b. A parking lot is not considered an exclusion zone.

  • An LTC holder is in violation of concealed carry laws and/or District rules and regulations if someone catches a glimpse of their handgun.
    • True
    • False

The correct answer is false. If an LTC holder inadvertently reveals his or her handgun such as in the act of raising an arm to ask a question, it is not necessarily a violation. A violation occurs when a person intentionally displays a handgun in plain view of another person.

  • The District will require students, faculty and staff with an LTC to register with DCCCD police.
    • True
    • False

The correct answer is false. The district will not track individuals with an LTC. However, an LTC holder must show their Drivers and LTC licenses to the DCCCD police if requested.

Congratulations, you have completed the conceal carry training. Please print this document and give to the appropriate person on your campus.