ERIC Number: EJ832060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb-13
Reference Count: N/A
Banning Weapons on Campuses: The Battle Is Far from Won
McLelland, Sandra J.; Frenkil, Steven D.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n23 pA44 Feb 2009
Utah is the only state that prohibits its state institutions from barring guns on its campuses. The University of Utah fought that statutory requirement vigorously in court, but the interests of pro-gun groups prevailed. In 2006 the Supreme Court of Utah held that the university lacked the authority to issue firearms policies, including barring concealed weapons, because such policies were contrary to the state's statute. As a result, the university is prohibited from enacting or enforcing any policy that restricts the possession or use of firearms. Last December, the grass-roots organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus and three individuals--two students at the University of Colorado and one alumnus--filed a complaint in state court against that university's regents, two chancellors, and two campus police chiefs. The lawsuit challenges the university's policy of prohibiting the possession of "firearms, explosives, or other dangerous or illegal weapons on or within any University of Colorado campus, leased building, other area under the jurisdiction of the local campus police department, or areas where such possession interferes with the learning and working environment." In light of the lawsuit against the University of Colorado, the legislation that is likely to be proposed or reintroduced in many states, and the challenges from organizations like Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, the Mountain States Legal Foundation, the National Rifle Association, and local pro-gun groups, administrators should carefully consider several things. These are: (1) State laws; (2) Legislative efforts; (3) Policies; and (4) Special-interest groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Utah