America’s colleges and universities are under attack from the gun lobby. Following mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 (32 students and faculty killed and 15 wounded) and Northern Illinois University in 2008 (5 students killed and 16 wounded), the gun lobby is pushing legislation that would prohibit colleges and universities from adopting policies that regulate firearms on campus.
The gun lobby’s proposed legislation would preempt an academic institution’s current policies restricting firearms on campus and allow students and faculty to possess and carry concealed handguns – in classrooms, at sporting events, and other school activities – and to keep guns in their dormitory rooms.
See list of states where legislation has been introduced, defeated or signed into law in our STATE LEGISLATION section.
For the last five years, The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus has urged colleges and universities across the country to band together to oppose the gun lobby’s agenda to push guns into college campuses by signing onto a resolution that opposes legislation mandating that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus. The list of colleges and universities signing the resolution is provided to lawmakers in states where legislation is pending as a way of showing the educational community’s opposition to such legislation.
As of March 21, 2014 the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and over 365 individual colleges and universities in 41 states have signed the resolution. Click here to view list.