Texas Tech Conceal Carry Charges

In today’s video tip we are discussing where you can and cannot conceal carry on and off Texas Tech campus.

According to Texas state law, you are permitted to carry a firearm on your person or in your vehicle, as long as you are legally licensed to carry one, it is conceal carry, and you are not engaging in any criminal activity. However, this permission does not extend to any place where more than half the income generated is through the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption. For example, you can conceal carry it on your person in a liquor store, but not into a bar or nightclub.

You are also not permitted to conceal carry a weapon onto any premises where a school or professional sports event is being held, any governmental meeting, polling, or an election is taking place, in an amusement park, correctional facility, or in a temple, church, synagogue or any other place of worship. The same goes for a hospital or nursing home, any secured area of an airport, and a number of other specified, marked locations. Even private property owners can lawfully exclude you from carrying a concealed firearm on their premises if they post a sign with legally approved wording. So, if you are found on someone’s property with a gun and they’ve posted a sign banning guns, you face serious legal consequences. And, as with any off-campus crime, if you commit it and get caught,
It’s fairly certain that Texas Tech is going to find out about it. And they’re not going to like it. And you’re not going to like it if you receive an email naming you as a respondent in an investigation.

It goes without saying that carrying a handgun, conceal carry or otherwise, when committing any illegal act is going to exacerbate any charges you may face, both off and on campus. However, this extends to intoxication as well. If you are stopped with a conceal carry handgun and the officer judges you to be intoxicated, you may not only face jail but also the likelihood of losing your carry permit for good.

Remember, intoxication does not just extend to alcohol or illegal drug consumption. Intoxication is defined as not having the normal use of your physical or mental faculties due to any substance you have ingested, smoked, or introduced in any manner. That means that even if the substance is a legal drug that you possess a legitimate prescription for, if the officer feels your faculties are impaired and you’re found with a gun for which you have a legal carry permit, you’re in serious trouble. Losing your carry permit will be the least of your worries.

Whether your problems originated off campus or on, don’t go off half-cocked and try to handle the situation on your own. You need to protect both your rights and your future. And only a skilled criminal defense lawyer will target your best interests above all else.

If you’re a Texas Tech Student and have been charged with any offense, including violation of the conceal carry laws in Texas or on Texas Tech campus, download a copy of my book, What Every Texas Tech Student Should Know if they Get in Trouble With the law and call my office

At 806-444-4444 so we can start building the right defense for your case.