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Blinn to students, campus visitors: no guns on campus this year

Campus Carry law does not take effect for community colleges until August 1, 2017

July 27, 2016

Blinn College is reminding students and campus visitors that Senate Bill 11 – commonly known as the “Campus Carry” law – applies only to public, four-year universities and that firearms will not be allowed at any Blinn College location until August 1, 2017.

Until Senate Bill 11 goes into effect for community colleges on that date, firearms are not permitted at any Blinn College location regardless of whether they are carried openly or concealed, or whether the individual has a concealed handgun license.

Anyone who sees an individual carrying a firearm at Blinn is advised to call 911 so police can make contact with the individual.

“We want all students and campus visitors to be aware that while four-year universities such as Texas A&M will allow concealed handgun license holders to carry firearms beginning this August, no firearms will be allowed at Blinn College until August 2017,” said Craig Wiesepape, Blinn College Chief of Police.

Blinn has already begun planning its campus carry implementation process. To gather input from campus constituencies, including faculty, staff and students, Blinn is developing a Campus Carry Task Force that will provide input regarding reasonable rules for restricted zones on campus. Dr. Mary Hensley, District President/CEO, will then establish rules and present them to the Board of Trustees for review and adoption.

Per Senate Bill 11, Blinn will submit a report to the legislature describing its rules, regulations and other provisions regarding concealed carry in advance of the August 1, 2017 implementation deadline.

For more information regarding campus carry at Blinn College, including an implementation timeline and list of frequently asked questions, visit