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DCCCD Announces Open Forums on Concealed (Campus) Carry

​Contact: Ann Hatch                                                 
214-378-1819; ahatch@dcccd.edu

For immediate release — Jan. 10, 2017
News brief

(DALLAS) — To prepare for and discuss concealed (campus) carry at its colleges and locations that begins on Aug. 1, 2017, the Dallas County Community College District has announced a series of open forums in January and February to gather comments from students, employees and community members.

Senate Bill 11, passed by the Texas legislature and signed by the governor in June 2015, permits a licensed-to-carry holder to carry concealed handguns on campus. The law also allows DCCCD and other institutions to adopt rules or regulations that prohibit LTC holders from carrying concealed handguns in certain areas on a campus, in a building or a portion of a building, as long as the rules and regulations do not have the effect of generally prohibiting a license-holder from carrying a concealed handgun on campus, according to DCCCD’s general counsel, Rob Wendland, and the district’s new police commissioner, Lauretta Hill.

“The law does not allow ‘open carry’ on college campuses,” said Hill. “Open carry refers to the intentional display of a handgun, including the partially or wholly visible handgun stored in a shoulder or belt holster.” She added, “The law also does not allow the carry of rifles or shotguns on college campuses.”

The concealed (campus) carry community forums, which are free and open to DCCCD students and employees — as well as the general public — are scheduled at these locations:

  • Brookhaven CollegeThursday, Jan. 12, Building H, room 125, 6:30 p.m.; the college is located at 3939 Valley View Lane in Carrollton/Farmers Branch.

  • Cedar Valley CollegeWednesday, Jan. 18, Building G, 2 p.m.; the college is located at 3030 N. Dallas Ave. in Lancaster.

  • North Lake CollegeTuesday, Jan. 24, Building H, room 200, 2 p.m.; the college is located at 5001 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.

  • El Centro CollegeWednesday, Jan. 25, Building C, Performance Hall, 12:30 p.m., and also on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 12:30 p.m. in the Performance Hall; the college is located at 801 Main St. in downtown Dallas.

  • Mountain View CollegeTuesday, Jan. 31, building/room to be announced, 12:30 p.m.; the college is located at 4849 W. Illinois Ave. in Dallas.

  • Richland CollegeTuesday, Jan. 31, in Sabine Hall, room 118, 6:30 p.m.; the college is located at 12800 Abrams Road in Dallas.

  • Eastfield CollegeWednesday, Feb. 8, Pleasant Grove campus (802 S. Buckner Blvd., Dallas), 6 p.m., and also on Thursday, Feb. 16, S Building, rooms 100/101, 6:30 p.m.; the college is located at 3737 Motley Drive in Mesquite.

For more information, contact Ann Hatch in the DCCCD office of public and governmental affairs at 214-378-1819 or at ahatch@dcccd.edu.

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