Weapons/Firearms Rule in Residence Life Facilities
(Effective August 1, 2016)
RESIDENCE HALLS & UNIVERSITY APARTMENTS
Students may NOT bring into the Residence Halls or University Apartments, for any reason, any firearm (except as permitted by law; see below for details), illegal knife, club, or any other weapon (not restricted to legal definitions) that may be hazardous to the health or safety of residents. This includes, but is not limited to: rifles (including drill rifles), pistols, shotguns, pellet guns, BB guns, taser/stun guns, bows and arrows, sling shots, martial arts weapons such as nun chucks or throwing stars, axes, machetes, swords, spears, switchblades, or knives with a blade 4-inches or longer. Residence Life staff or University Police may confiscate these items.
In addition, the following items are prohibited from being used inside of any Residence Hall or University Apartment or public area: airsoft guns, paintball guns and Nerf guns. These items may be stored in an apartment or storage closet, but may not be used anywhere on the Residence Hall or University Apartments grounds or in buildings.
Concealed handgun license holders must follow all state and federal laws concerning owning and possessing a handgun on campus. Any resident who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun and chooses to bring the handgun into their room/apartment must store his or her handgun and ammunition in an electronic locking steel safe that has been rented or purchased from the Department of Residence Life. For information regarding personal safe rentals/purchases, visit our Amenities page and look for Personal Safes under the Add-Ons tab.
CORPS OF CADETS HOUSING
With regard to dormitories and buildings on campus, a personal weapon includes all fire arms (rifles, handguns, shotguns, pellet guns, BB guns), knives over 4 inches (including military fighting knives [K-Bar or bayonet]), switchblades, bows and arrows, machetes, non-ceremonial swords, axes and axe handles, clubs, taser/stun guns, sling shots, martial arts weapons (swords, throwing stars, nunchakus, spears. etc), and other items that logically could be used as a weapon. In addition, the following items may be stored inside a residence hall room, but are prohibited from being used inside of any residence hall room or public area: Airsoft guns, paintball guns and Nerf guns.
All personal weapons are unauthorized to be in the dormitories except as specified in Concealed Carry paragraphs below.
The Office of the Commandant may grant approval for Corps special units (for example, Fish Drill Team, Ross Volunteer Company, Recon, SEAL Platoon, Rudders Rangers, etc.) to store non-firing “drill or training weapons” which are utilized in their approved activity in the residence halls. Cadets who are part of these approved units/organizations are expected to secure these non-operational training weapons with a locking mechanism. Additionally, senior cadets in the Corps of Cadets are authorized to possess and store in their dorm room their ceremonial saber/sword that is part of the senior cadet uniform.
Effective 1 August 2016, Texas State Law allows an individual with a Concealed Carry License/Permit to possess, carry, and store personal handgun(s) on campus. This change applies only to handguns and only to persons who have a Concealed Carry License/Permit. Only individuals who have completed the Concealed Carry Course and possess a valid Concealed Carry License/Permit to carry a concealed handgun are authorized to do so on campus.
Cadets who have a valid Concealed Carry License/Permit must follow all state and federal laws pertaining to possessing and carrying a handgun on campus. Additionally, any students – including cadets – at Texas A&M who choose to keep a handgun in their dorm room MUST purchase or rent an authorized electronic locking safe from Residence Life in which to store their weapon AND ammunition. Visit the Residence Life Amenities page at http://reslife.tamu.edu/living/amenities/ and look for Personal Safes under the Add-Ons tab for specific information on the required storage of an authorized handgun in a campus dormitory by a cadet possessing a Concealed Carry License/Permit, and how to purchase/rent the approved safe. All other personal weapons as described above remain unauthorized to possess in dorm rooms by ALL cadets.
Prohibited items discovered during an inspection will be confiscated and disciplinary action will be taken. Confiscated items will be turned over to the Assistant Commandant for Discipline who will make final disposition in conjunction with the Student Conduct Office (SCO) and the University Police Department (UPD), as necessary. Any Concealed Carry License/Permit holder who fails to properly secure their handgun and ammunition in their dorm room (locked in an approved safe) is in violation of student conduct and housing regulations and will be dealt with immediately, including notifying SCO and UPD, as necessary.
For more information regarding weapons on campus, including frequently asked questions about Texas CHL laws, visit http://www.tamu.edu/statements/campus-carry.html.