Texas SB 11 (Campus Concealed Carry) went into effect for community college campuses on August 1, 2017.
Therefore, in accordance with Section 30.06 of the Texas Penal Code and Wharton County Junior College Board policy, the display or possession of firearms on any Wharton County Junior College campus is currently prohibited.
The following is a summary of the current WCJC current policy for firearms:
Texas Penal Code, Section 46.03, PLACES WEAPONS PROHIBITED, states "firearm, location-restricted knife, club, or prohibited weapons" are prohibited "on the premises of an institution of higher education". There are only two exceptions to this law:
1. An exception to this law is a commissioned peace officer acting in an official capacity, as a WCJC student, or as a visitor.
2. Campus Carry - person with a License to Carry (LTC) may carry a concealed handgun into certain areas of an institution of higher learning.
On August 1st, 2017, Campus Carry went into effect for WCJC Campuses. Campus Carry is defined by WCJC Regulation 326. A brief summary of Regulation 326 is: An individual who possesses a valid License to Carry (LTC) may carry a concealed handgun on or about their person on WCJC campuses and in buildings, except in Exclusion Zones (stated in Regulation 326). Handguns must be carried in a retention holster that covers the trigger. It is the responsibility of the individual who has a valid LTC to conceal any handgun so that it is not partially or wholly visible to another person.
The WCJC Sugar Land Campus is regulated by the University of Houston Campus Carry regulation/policy.
Betty A. McCrohan