13 Sep , 2017

In the Kansas City Star: “Look at facts in the campus firearm debate”

Dr. John Lott has an op-ed in the Kansas City Star on the debate of permitted concealed handguns on college campuses.  The piece starts this way:

As college classes start up in Kansas this fall, it’s a good time to take stock of the rise in the number of schools where people can carry guns for protection.

4 Aug , 2017

Fears of permitted concealed handguns prove unfounded: A very quiet first year at public universities in Texas

The University of Texas system has 221,337 students and 100,312 faculty and staff, and there are over 1.2 million permit holders in Texas, but after the first year that concealed handgun permits were allowed on public universities, there have been no problems.  From the Austin American-Statesman about the University of Texas:

University of Texas police responded to four gun-related incidents in the past 12 months, but only one — involving a photo shoot for a newspaper — can be tied to the controversial state law permitting students to carry concealed handguns in most campus buildings.

13 May , 2017

After Ohio law passed last December, University becomes first school in state to allow permitted concealed handguns on campus

Cedarville University (3,760 students) has become the first university in Ohio to allow employees with concealed handguns permits to carry their handgun on campus.  The university is located in Dayton, Ohio.  From the Dayton Daily News:

The policy allows full-time employees to complete an application process to exercise their rights to carry, according to a news release.

5 May , 2017

Georgia becomes the 12th Campus Carry State

On Thursday, May 4th, Georgia became the 12th state that mandates that public universities allow people to carry guns on campus.  Following Arkansas, Georgia is also the second state to pass campus carry this year.  The other eleven states are: Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan (can carry openly with a permit), Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee (faculty and staff), Texas, Utah and Wisconsin.  …

23 Mar , 2017

Arkansas mandates that Public Universities. some bars, and government buildings allow permitted concealed handguns

Arkansas has become at least the 11th state that mandates that permitted guns can be carried on campus (Michigan requires that they be carried openly) and the 19th state that to allow them in state Capitols.

For campus carry, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) previously said eight states allowed this, but Michigan (it clearly allows people with a permit to carry guns on college campuses as long as they carry openly) and Tennessee that allows carrying by professors and staff.  …

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16 Feb , 2017

Wyoming looks likely to pass Campus Carry and allowing permitted concealed handguns in government meetings, including state legislators

On Wednesday the Wyoming Senate Judiciary Committee passed two bills: House Bill 136, which would allow concealed carry on college campuses, including athletic events, without prior approval from the college, and House Bill 137, which would allow concealed carry at any meeting of a government body on public property, including the state Legislature.  …

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6 Dec , 2016

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CPRC in the Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) debating Campus Carry

Dr. John Lott debated Ohio State Rep. Kristin Boggs (D) about whether college campuses should be gun-free zones in the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.  Rep. Boggs’ piece is available here.  Dr. Lott’s is here:

Ohio State University is still reeling from the attack last week. A terrorist followed the Islamic State playbook as he drove his car into a crowd of students and slashed others with a knife — 12 people were injured.

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25 Oct , 2016

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Evaluating Bloomberg’s School of Public Health’s “Firearms on College Campuses”

This paper by the Bloomberg School of Public Health (copy available here, henceforth referred to as the Bloomberg Report) doesn’t even try to address the existing arguments that have been made on campus carry.  Below is a very rough, very quick response to their claims.  For those who are interested, here is a video of recently invited testimony that Dr.…

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31 May , 2015

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Texas joins 12 other states that allow permitted concealed handguns on college campuses, copy of final bill available here

By a 98-47 vote the Texas House and a 20-11 vote in the Senate, the Texas legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill that allows concealed handgun permit holders to carry guns on college campuses. Nine states allow permitted concealed handguns on college campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin, and public universities in Pennsylvania outside of the Penn State system mandate concealed carry on campuses.  …

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