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Helms School of Government


Government: Pre-Law


CCW, gun control, concealed weapons, carrying a concealed weapon permit, campus safety, campus security, college campus


Civil Law | Constitutional Law | Criminal Law | Jurisdiction


This thesis reviews the recent history of gun-related violence on college campuses in relation to gun control laws and argues whether college campuses should allow students and teachers with Carrying a Concealed Weapon permits to carry these weapons on campus, or if such a policy would merely exacerbate the issue at hand. The purpose of this thesis is to show that such a policy is effective, safe, and overall a benefit to the campus atmosphere and experience. Important points considered include the legal history of carrying concealed weapons, the current policies of universities concerning students carrying concealed weapons, the opinions of students and faculty about concealed weapons carried on their campus, and the impact on gun-related violence made by the presence of persons carrying concealed weapons. A legal basis is necessary to establish the rights of colleges and universities to pass such legislation. Since the primary goal of allowing concealed weapons on a campus is the mental and physical well-being of the occupants, the opinions of the students and faculty who occupy the university are necessary to the discussion. The primary sources for this discussion will include current laws regarding concealed weapons in the United States, surveys on the opinions of college students and faculty about concealed weapons being carried on their campus, and statistics regarding the impact the presence of concealed weapons have on gun-related violence in a community.