What’s Under the Regalia? An Examination of Campus Concealed Weapon Carrying Behavior and Attitudes toward Policies

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What’s Under the Regalia? An Examination of Campus Concealed Weapon Carrying Behavior and Attitudes toward Policies

Category: Concealed Carry, Firearm Policies|Journal: Journal of School Violence|Author: B Hayes, E O'Neal, R Powers|Year: 2020

The current study aims to examine and compare predictors of attitudinal support for campus carry and concealed carrying behaviors on a campus where faculty, staff, and students can legally carry a weapon. This explores the relationship between attitudes and behaviors as it relates to concealed weapons on campuses. Whereas attitudinal correlates conformed to prior literature, these correlates were not equally predictive of behavior. Respondents’ gender and if they voted for the 2016 Republican nominee predicted support for campus carry and concealed carrying behavior. When controlling for attitudes toward campus carry, voting behavior no longer predicted behavior. However, perceptions of police effectiveness were inversely related to carrying behavior. Although findings suggest that campus carry attitudes and concealed carry behaviors overlap, attitudinal support for campus carry is not wholly an adequate proxy for behavior. These findings suggest that improving perceptions of campuses’ ability to ensure student safety may influence carrying behavior.

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