Guns on Campus: Implementing Campus Carry

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Guns on Campus: Implementing Campus Carry

Category: Concealed Carry, Firearm Policies|Journal: Journal of Higher Education Management (full text)|Author: C Opheim, V Brittain|Year: 2018

The 2007 active shooter incident on the campus of Virginia Tech marked a “watershed event” in the debate over guns on college campuses (Birnbaum, 2013). Policy responses by the states to this and other similar events and threats reflects the cultural and political diversity that marks American federalism. Debate has been fierce and emotional. Some states have reinforced bans on guns on campus while others have, through legislative or judicial action, implemented both comprehensive and limited guidelines for campus carry (Morse et al., 2016). In August 2016, Texas implemented one of the nation’s most comprehensive campus carry statutes. The law prohibits public universities from adopting rules, regulations, or other provisions that prevent licensed gun owners from carrying concealed handguns on campus. Senate Bill 11 (SB 11) provides limited discretion for university officials in adoption of regulations and directs university administrators to consult with students, staff, and faculty regarding these regulations. This case study focuses on implementation of the law at Texas State University, a large public university. It presents a comparative analysis of Texas State’s experience with those of other Texas public universities and provides a model for implementing a challenging and emotionally charged policy

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