We Work to Protect
America’s Colleges and Universities
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus works with colleges and universities across the country to oppose legislative policies that would force loaded, concealed guns on campuses. Since 2008, The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus has helped stop campus carry legislation in 18 states, and are the only national organization of its kind tasked to protect higher educational institutions and the communities they serve.
Following the 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 embarked on an opportunistically motivated campaign within state legislatures around the 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 to possess and carry concealed handguns – in classrooms, at sporting events, and other school activities – and to keep guns in their dormitory rooms. The gun lobby’s legislation would not stop college shootings: allowing guns on campus could, in fact, make mass shootings even worse.
See list of states where legislation has been introduced, defeated or signed into law in our STATE LEGISLATION section.
For the last seven 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 that would mandate that colleges and universities allow students to carry concealed handguns on campus. The list of colleges and universities signing the resolution will be provided to lawmakers in states where legislation is pending as a way of showing the educational community’s opposition to such legislation.
As of December 14, 2015 the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), over 420 individual colleges and universities in 42 states and an additional 48 college presidents have signed the resolution. Click here to view list.
We regret the loss of life in any school shooting. Together we can work to make our campuses safer, and protect students, faculty, staff and the community.