Twice in the past year, rabid critics of concealed carry have paid good money to pronounce failure on grassroots activists fighting to allow self-defense on campus.
Given the significant number of victories recently achieved by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), they may want to spend their money elsewhere this year.
In April, thousands of college students from more than 130 colleges and universities united in a nationwide campaign against gun-free/criminal empowerment zones, wearing empty holsters to protest discrimination against lawfully armed citizens.
After that, the University of Colorado lost an appeal on a lawsuit from SCCC . The ruling strongly reinforced the right to bear arms and required the lower court to revisit the issue.
This caused Colorado State University (CSU) to reverse its proposed ban on concealed carry, a policy which has worked safely and successfully at CSU for seven years, and is supported by both the student population and law enforcement.
Seeing the handwriting on the wall, 14 community colleges in Colorado reversed their bans on lawful concealed carry, bringing the total number of colleges in the US that allow concealed carry on campus to 25.
This means that today, hundreds of thousands of students safely and peacefully go about their business on campuses that allow defensive carry of firearms.
Earlier this year, Georgia eliminated the statutory ban on handguns locked in parked cars on campus, joining Arizona and South Carolina who passed similar bills in 2009.
Other victories include Michigan State University changing their rules to reflect state law and allow concealed carry on campus in fall 2009, a federal judge ruling that Texas students could wear empty holsters as part of free expression, and a Pennsylvania college yielding to legal pressure and allowing a member of SCCC promote the cause on campus.
Once again, legislation has been introduced in multiple states which would allow for concealed carry on campus. True, most of these bills have not passed, yet despite what anti-defense critics claim, this is not the same as being “rejected.” The vast majority of these bills have stalled or died in committees, a common fate for new legislation. The fact that these bills continue to be introduced illustrates that support is growing, not fading.
Students, faculty, staff, parents, law enforcement and legislators are all recognizing that taxpayer-funded colleges are not above the law, nor can they suspend basic rights recognized by the state. The ongoing victories in the fight reflect the enduring relevance of the issue.
SCCC will continue fighting for a day when no public college or university will be able to deny lawfully armed citizens the right to self-defense on campus.
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