WICHITA FALLS, TX - On August 1st, people with a handgun license will be allowed to carry a concealed firearm on Texas community college campuses. The new law was passed and approved in 2015 and went into effect for four-year public colleges last year, but community colleges were given an extra year to prepare.
"They can come in if they have a license to carry. They can carry their handguns, but it has to be concealed," said Officer Ken Terry of the Vernon College Police Department.
In the spring of 2016, Vernon College President, Dusty Johnston, implemented a Campus Carry Task Force to make recommendations on the Campus Carry policies for Vernon College. The Campus Carry Task Force made recommendations, which were approved by the president and the Vernon College Board of Directors. To view the policy, you can click HERE and review the frequently asked questions HERE!
"I think it's going to be business as normal I don't think there's going to be any changes or anything out of the ordinary. Like I said I don't think tomorrow will be any different. Some people have concerns about concealed handguns but they're not going to know it's there so I think it'll be just another day at the college. I'm a police officer and if we see any problems we'll take care of it and handle it swiftly," said Officer Terry.
Officer Terry said that the threat of violence involving a gun can happen anywhere, not just on a community college campus.
"My job here is to keep an eye out for activity that's suspicious, and I'll check into it, but I think everything's going to be great," said Officer Terry.