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Justin Capozzelli CAS 100A. Concealed carry on campus. Overview. I. College campuses are for the most part gun free zones. Virginia Tech shooter knew it was a gun free zone. Students are prevented from defending themselves. II. Few Campuses allow concealed carry.

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  • I. College campuses are for the most part gun free zones.
    • Virginia Tech shooter knew it was a gun free zone.
    • Students are prevented from defending themselves.
  • II. Few Campuses allow concealed carry.
    • Of the campuses that allow concealed carry no incidents involving a concealed carry weapon have been reported.
  • III. Opponents of concealed carry have concerns:
    • A. Concealed carry will increase violent crimes.
    • B. College students consume a lot of alcohol.
    • C. Students should not be vigilantes.
  • IV. Law.
    • The second amendment states the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.
    • State and district courts have ruled that police have no obligation to protect Individual citizens from violent crimes.
concealed carry weapon ccw permit laws
Concealed carry weapon (CCW) permit laws
  • Pennsylvania is a “shall issue” state.
    • 21 years old
    • No history of mental illness
    • No felony or violent criminal record
  • Places you can not carry
    • Federal Buildings
    • Schools
    • Courthouses
    • State parks
guns on campus debate
Guns on campus debate
  • After the Virginia Tech massacre, debates about weather guns on campus could prevent shootings from taking place started popping up.
  • The leading organization in support of carrying on campus is Students for Concealed Carry On Campus (SCCC). They organization was started as a group on facebook in response to the Virginia tech shooting.
gun free zones
Gun free zones.

Anti gun policies and gun free zone signs do nothing to prevent those inclined to commit mass murder. They disarm law abiding citizens and empower the criminal.

Allowing concealed carry on campus would not change any current laws regarding who can legally carry concealed. The same number of people who already carry everyplace else in the state would be allowed to carry on college campus.

common concealed carry concerns
Common concealed carry concerns.
  • College students consume a lot of alcohol.

Allowing  concealed carry on college campuses would not change the rules about who can  buy a gun or who can obtain a concealed handgun license.  Every state that provides for legalized  concealed carry has statutes prohibiting license holders from carrying while  under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • Guns on Campus will lead to increased violence.

All 9 public universities in Utah, Colorado State university, and Blue Ridge

Community College in VA allow concealed carry. Combined these 11 schools have

over 80 semesters without any incidents involving a crime with a concealed handgun.

  • Faculty and students shouldn’t be vigilantes.

Allowing concealed carry has nothing to do with vigilantism, rather it has to do with

affording licensed citizens the same right to self defense they have in the rest of the


the government is not responsible for your safety
The government is not responsible for your safety.
  • Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1, 4 (D.C. 1981)
    • “a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen.”
  • California Government Code, § 845
    • “neither a public entity nor a public employee is liable for failure to establish a police department or otherwise provide police protection service
  • Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 258 § 10(h).
    • States no legal obligation “to provide adequate police protection, prevent the commission of crimes, investigate, detect or solve crimes, identify or apprehend criminals or suspects, arrest or detain suspects, or enforce any law”
  • Enrique Rangel. "Proposed law would allow guns on college campuses. " McClatchy – TribuneBusiness News  8 December 2008 ABI/INFORM Dateline. ProQuest.  9 Dec. 2008 <http://www.proquest.com/>
  • Flesher, Jared; Marks, Alexandra. "Should students be allowed to carry concealed

weapons :[ALL Edition]. " The Christian Science Monitor  [Boston, Mass.] 18  Apr. 2007,2. ProQuestNational Newspapers Premier. ProQuest.  10 Dec. 2008 <http://www.proquest.com/>

  • Kealing , Jonathan. "Students protest concealed carry ban. " McClatchy - Tribune Business News

22 April 2008 ABI/INFORM Dateline. ProQuest.  9 Dec.2008 http://www.proquest.com/

  • Khristopher J. Brooks. "Sides spar in campus weapons debate. " McClatchy - Tribune Business News  18 September 2008 ***[insert pages]*** ABI/INFORM Dateline. ProQuest.  10 Dec. 2008 <http://www.proquest.com/>
  • Mass. Gen. Laws Ann. Ch. 258 § 10(h).
  • SCCC. Why our Campuses are NOT Safer without Concealed Handguns: Rebutting the Rhetoric

of Students for Gun Free Schools11 December2008 <http://www.concealedcampus.org/sgfs.pdf> 

  • Souza v. City of Antioch, 62 California Reporter, 2d 909, 916 (Cal. App. 1997). 
  • Sturdevant, William E. “An Analysis Of The Arrest Rate Of Texas Concealed Handgun License

Holders As Compared To The Arrest Rate Of The Entire Texas Population (1996 –

1998)Revisedtoinclude1999 data” The Texas Concealed Handgun Association September 1, 2000 Dec 10 2008 <http://www.txchia.org/sturdevant.pdf>

  • U.S. Secret Service National Threat Assessment Center. An Interim Report on the Prevention of Targeted Violence in School. 11 December 2008 <http://cecp.air.org/download/ntac_ssi_report.pdf>
  • Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1, 4 (D.C. 1981)