Concealed-carry coming to community college campuses Tuesday

School officials see no problems

By Paul Venema - Reporter

SAN ANTONIO - Beginning Tuesday, guns will be a legal part of the college experience at community colleges across Texas.

That includes Alamo College's five schools which includes, San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College, Northeast Lake View College, Palo Alto College and St. Phillip’s College.

“We’re complying with the law and it’s going to be OK,” said Alamo Community College District legal counsel Ross Laughead. “And if there’s a place where they’re not allowed to carry we’re going to put up a sign that they’ll be able to see.”

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There are a total of 18 such places on Alamo College campuses, including performance centers, athletic events and day care centers.

All have signs in place.

Laughead said that there is some confusion concerning the name of the law. “It is not open-carry,” he said. “It is licensed concealed campus-carry and is for people that have a license.”

The district has added a detailed list of rules and regulations on its website.

Not everyone is OK with the law.

“I think it brings a negative energy to this environment,” said Nikketa Burges, a student at SAC.

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Laughead said he feels confident the law will not create problems. “We live in Texas and there’s lots of guns around,” he said. “I don’t foresee any problems, I really don’t.”

The law went into effect last year for four-year public universities across Texas, with all private universities in San Antonio declining to add open-carry to its schools.

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