LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Starting Tuesday campus carry will be allowed at Angelina College and other community colleges across the state.
In 2015, The Texas Legislature adopted a law that already allows concealed handguns at public universities statewide, but community colleges were given a year to prepare for changes.
Angelina College is allowing concealed guns campus wide.
At Angelina College no tobacco is allowed, but concealed handguns are permitted starting Tuesday. The law allows it, and AC plans to strictly follow it.
"We've essentially just mimicked the law," said Steve Hudman, Angelina College's dean of student affairs. "We've said the law, Senate Bill 11, is very clear and we're encouraging our students and our faculty, 'Hey follow the law.' We're going to be compliance with what we are and that's what we're going to do."
Community colleges are allowed to designate exclusion zones. Those are zones where no guns are allowed, but here at Angelina College, there will be no exclusion zones. A concealed gun can be carried anywhere on campus within the law.
"The biggest piece you have to watch for is you cannot generally prohibit," Hudman said. "If it comes back, every two years you have to sit and report to the state level, kind of showing them what your policy is and how you prohibit, if you do at all."
The freedom to carry a concealed handgun anywhere on campus makes the incoming students we talked with nervous.
"It's a dangerous weapon. It shouldn't be anywhere on campus," said Dillon Nesbit, an incoming Angelina College freshman. "It should be off campus if anything, but if I were to be by somebody who had a gun I would just, you would have to be real cautious about those people."
"I don't think that's good at all because anything can happen with someone packing a gun around," said Monique Mayes, an incoming Angelina College student.
"The state law says it's coming, whether you agree with it or not," Hudman said.
Angelina College plans to prohibit guns at athletic events or any other prohibited areas as stated in the law.