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Possession and Storage of Handguns in Tarleton State University On-Campus Housing Facilities

Tarleton State University policy prohibits students under the age of 21 to possess a weapon in on-campus student housing. Only licensed individuals 21 and over, with the exception of members or veterans of the armed forces, are permitted to carry a legally approved weapon on campus and in a residential facility. Any resident who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun and chooses to bring the handgun into their residence hall room/apartment must store his/her handgun and ammunition in a combination or electronic locking steel safe when the handgun is not on or about their person.

Any resident of campus housing, who is a handgun license holder and wants to store a handgun in his/her room, must provide and properly install their own steel safe in accordance with the manufacturer’s recommendations.

  1. The safe shall be designed and manufactured for the storage of a handgun.
  2. No safe may be permanently affixed to the housing facility.
  3. An additional locking cabinet will be provided at the resident’s request for containing a reasonable sized safe.
  4. The University will not provide a primary storage device.
  5. The resident may not provide access to their safe to any other individual. This includes restricting room access as necessary.
  6. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests, including family and friends.

Tarleton considers any violation of state law regulating firearms to be a violation of University rules.  Accordingly, such a violation is subject to disciplinary action through the University’s student judicial process, which may include removal from campus housing. 

Additionally, the handgun license holder must comply with Texas statutory law and Tarleton Rule 34.06.02.T1, Carrying Concealed Handguns on Campus at all times.