Campus Carry: What it IS and What it is NOT

by concealed campus on 24 October 2012

In the past several weeks, there have been a number of false allegations regarding what the case for campus carry is all about and what exactly our supporters want.

Though the emphasis is usually what the campus carry movement IS, it is very important that we also stress what the movement IS NOT.


The campus carry movement as made by the national organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCC)…

IS NOT:

 About WHO can carry.

IS: 

About WHERE license holders can carry.

Students for Concealed Carry is in no way trying to change the restrictions or requirements in order to obtain a concealed carry license or purchase a handgun. We are only trying to change the boundaries where concealed carry permit holders are legally allowed to carry.

IS NOT:

About pushing some radical notion that anybody should be allowed to have any gun anywhere, at any time.

 IS:

About ensuring that restrictions on where license holders can carry center around  fact-based risk analysis.

Legalizing campus carry would not and has no intent to lift restrictions on other prohibited places that may be located on college campuses such as the following:

  • Bars (businesses that earn 51% or more of its income from the sale or service of alcohol for on-premises consumption.) Bars are required to post red “51%” signs at each entrance.
  • High school, collegiate, or professional sporting events or interscholastic event
  • Correctional facilities (jail, prison, youth correctional facility, etc.)
  • Polling places on election day or during early voting
  • Racetracks
  • Secured areas of an airport
  • And several other listed areas

 IS NOT:

About expanding the scope or interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.

 IS:

About ensuring consistent restrictions on the rights afforded by a concealed handgun license.

The case for campus carry, according to SCC, neither claims a Constitutional right and nor utilizes Second Amendment arguments. We support this movement on the basis of factual evidence, statistics, and consistency.

 IS NOT:

An untested or an untried idea.

IS:

Supported by the available evidence and is consistent with other laws regulating concealed carry.

During the past twenty years, more than ninety U.S. college campuses allowed concealed campus carry for a combined total of more than 700 semesters, without a single resulting assault, threat, or suicide, and with only one minor accident and one gun theft.

IS NOT:

Involved with holding positions on open carry, unlicensed concealed carry, or concealed carry on the campuses on primary or secondary schools.

 IS:

About ONLY supporting the legalization of concealed carry by licensed individuals on college campuses.

Students for Concealed Carry in no way, shape or form holds an official position on open carry, carrying without a license, or carrying on primary or secondary schools. SCC is also not affiliated with the NRA, a political party, or any other organization. It’s very important to note that this organization is a single-issue party and is in support of only legalizing concealed carry on college campuses by law-abiding, concealed handgun licensed individuals.

IS NOT:

A partisan-based movement.

IS:

A movement consisting of individuals with very diverse political backgrounds.

Among SCC’s leaders, you’ll find conservatives, moderates, liberals, Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Independents, etc. The members of SCC look beyond partisanship and toward the goal of achieving state laws and school policies based on factual evidenced rather than emotional rhetoric.


 

Originally posted by Madison D. Welch on Oct 24th, 2012

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