Campus Carry

HCC Campus Carry Policy

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Texas Senate Bill 11 Information

Texas law previously permitted public and private universities to ban the carrying of concealed handguns on their campuses. On June 13, 2015, Governor Abbott signed into law S.B. 11 which adds section 411.2031 to the Government Code and authorizes a concealed handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun on the campus of a public or private university in Texas.  The effective date for HCC and community colleges across the state was August 1, 2017.  Open carry of handguns (or other firearms) on a college campus continues to be prohibited.

Meet the Committee

Committee Members

Kathleen Anzivino (Co-Chair)

College Operations Officer

Daniel Dylla (Co-Chair)

Faculty Senate President

Nicole Montgomery

Deputy General Counsel

Timothy Ramirez

Chief of Police, Interim

Robert McCracken

Exec Dir, Risk Management

Debbie Hamilton

AVC, Student Engmt & Success

David Tietz

Communications and Mktg

Tosha Barclay

Dean, Earth Life & Natural Science

Jeff Gricar

Dean, Health Sciences

Ernest Benjamin

Coordinator, Quality Assurance

Sherman Harness

Manager Application Devlpmt

Diana Metyko

Systems Analyst


Campus Carry Information

How to Safely Carry a Gun?

During and Active Shooter Event:

If you have a license to carry a concealed weapon on campus and are carrying your weapon:

  • Keep your weapon concealed unless you are confronted by the shooter(s).
  • After engaging, return your weapon to it’s holster and conceal it again (police will come to the sound of the shots fired; you should not have a weapon in your hand when they arrive.)
  • When evacuating, keep your weapon concealed and leave with everyone else.
  • If your weapon is visible when police arrive you will be confronted by police. 

    • Follow commands.
    • Do not turn to the officers.
    • Do not try to show them LTC unless ordered to do so.
    • Be prepared to surrender your weapon. The police may take your weapon from you during the event.



What to do during an active shooting?


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be located.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.



  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.
  • Call police if it is safe to do so.



  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions; your life depends on it.




Weapons Free Zones

Houston Community College designates Weapons Free Zones on either a permanent or temporary basis.  All designated weapons free zones will be marked with appropriate signage.  

Permanent Weapons Free Zones are always weapons free and meet one or more of the following criteria:

  1. College District areas used exclusively for day care, child care centers, and school activities.
  2. Health care facilities used for patient care, counseling and mental health services.
  3. Laboratory areas where dangerous materials and equipment or research animals are present.
  4. Designated conference areas used for discussions of grievances or disciplinary hearings or meetings (These exclusions may be permanent or temporary based on usage of spaces.)
  5. Areas where contractual or licensing obligations require the exclusion of weapons and handguns.
  6. Other areas prohibited by regulation, state or federal law

Current Permanent Locations

Temporary Weapons Free Zones are only designated as weapons free for limited time periods. Temporary Weapons Free Zones meet one of the above criteria for a limited time such as the temporary use of a space for K-12 students or meet one of the following criteria:

From policy:

  1. Interscholastic sporting events
  2. Board Meetings

Current Temporary Locations

Current Temporary Locations Sporting Events‌‌



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