Texas community college professor armors up for campus carry

"I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it's legal to do so," Smith said. "It increases the chances of something happening."

“I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it’s legal to do so,” Smith said. “It increases the chances of something happening.” (Photo: Facebook)

To inaugurate the implementation of legal concealed carry at public junior colleges in Texas, one instructor came to work complete with helmet and body armor.

Professor Charles K. Smith, who wore the gear to his Physical Geography class at San Antonio College, drew comments on social media from both sides of the argument on campus this week.

“It definitely makes me feel uneasy that there are more firearms on campus than there really should be,” Smith told MySA.com. “(Dressing this way) was just a statement on how I felt.”

Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott two years ago, SB 11 gave public four-year colleges and universities in Texas a year to establish local policies to allow guns on campus. Now, community colleges are following suit at the two-year mark with the law taking effect Aug. 1.

“I realize students were carrying guns on campus illegally, but now it’s legal to do so,” Smith said. “It increases the chances of something happening.”

San Antonio College is a part of the Alamo Community College District and has an enrollment of about 25,000.