Unless college officials choose to ensure that campus "gun free" zones are gun free in more than name only--by taking steps (i.e., metal detectors) to disarm not only the law-abiding citizens who choose to follow the rules but also the dangerous criminals who choose to ignore the rules--there is no legitimate, fact-based reason to prohibit concealed carry on campus.
If there is no credible evidence that licensed concealed carry makes students and faculty less safe, and if colleges can't ensure that licensees are not placed at greater risk by being disarmed, why should state-funded colleges be allowed to refuse to honor state-issued concealed handgun licenses? Parents who want to send their kids to "gun free" schools should have the same recourse as parents who want to send their kids to nonsecular schools: PRIVATE colleges and universities.
State laws and school policies that prohibit concealed carry on campus serve no purpose but to place law-abiding license holders at the mercy of any criminal willing to disregard state law and school policy. If you'd like to view the facts, statistics, and arguments supporting "campus carry," visit CampusCarry.com.
Am I correct in assuming that little Johnny is starting college at the age of 21 and that he's successfully completed a concealed handgun licensing course and passed fingerprint/background checks at the state and local level? Otherwise, it would be illegal for him to carry a gun on campus. But if little Johnny is at least 21-years-old and does possess a Colorado concealed handgun license, he, like thousands of other concealed handgun license holders in the state of Colorado, is no more likely to shoot somebody on campus than off campus. And we've yet to see a spate of shootings by concealed handgun license holders at Colorado movie theaters, shopping malls, grocery stores, office buildings, banks, churches., etc.--all places where licensed concealed carry is allowed. Likewise, concealed carry hasn't caused any problems at Colorado State University, where it's been allowed for seven years. In fact, during those seven years, the on-campus crime rate dropped by 75% (I'm not suggesting a cause/effect relationship; I'm just pointing out that there is no evidence that allowing concealed carry caused an increase in on-campus violence).
Since the fall semester of 2006, Utah state law has allowed licensed individuals to carry concealed handguns on the campuses of Utah’s nine degree-offering public colleges (20 campuses) and one public technical college (10 campuses). Concealed carry has been allowed on the two campuses of Colorado State University (Fort Collins, CO, and Pueblo, CO) since 2003 and at Blue Ridge Community College (Weyers Cave, VA) since 1995. After allowing concealed carry on campus for a combined total of 124 semesters (as of May 2010), an average of over five years per school, none of these twelve schools has seen a single resulting incident of gun violence (including threats and suicides), a single gun accident, or a single gun theft.
States that keep statistics on crimes committed by concealed handgun license holders (states like Texas, Florida, and Michigan) show that concealed handgun license holders are approximately five times less likely than non-license holders to commit violent crimes. And of the relatively few incidents of violent crime committed by permit holders, hardly any are incidents of individuals losing their tempers and using their guns in anger, the only type of crime that might be prevented by prohibiting lawful concealed carry.
Given the high number of concealed handgun license holders nationwide, evidence suggests that accidental/negligent discharges by licensees are quite rare and seldom result in injury. This low rate of accidental/negligent discharges is due to the fact that modern firearms typically incorporate multiple safety features, the fact that concealed handgun license applicants in most states are required to pass a training and safety course, and—most significantly—the fact that a handgun’s trigger is not exposed when it is concealed.
The evidence shows very clearly that licensed concealed carry has no negative impact on the places where it's allowed, including college campuses. Anyone wishing to see the facts, statistics, and arguments in support of allowing licensed concealed carry on college campuses should visit CampusCarry.com.
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