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edy, the debate e Virginia Tech trag rages on. ce th In the five years sin aled weapons on campus over allowing conce irst things first. This story is not about the Second Amendment of The United States Constitution, which grants citizens the right to keep and bear arms. Every state recognizes that right and, at the state level, 49 of them include a provision for licensed owners to carry concealed handguns in public. Instead, this story is about the debate over whether that right should extend to carrying firearms onto the country’s colleges and universities. This month marks the fifth anniversary of the tragedy at Virginia Tech in which student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and wounded 25 others before turning the gun on himself. The event remains the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in U.S. history. Currently, 22 states have bans on concealed weapons on college campuses. But F in a number of states, legislators are proposing concealed carry laws, often tied to threats of withheld funding if a college or university tries to resist. As this article was being prepared, the Colorado state Supreme Court ruled that the University of Colorado system cannot ban concealed-weapon permit holders from bringing their guns to campus. In the Colorado case, the court sided with Students for Concealed Carry, a gun rights group that argued that the university policy violates state gun laws. Similar bills are being considered in Georgia and Kansas, and elsewhere. In Arizona, the House of Representatives voted to repeal gun-free zones in all schools. The bill still awaits action by the State Senate and the governor. And, legislators in 12 states are considering bills that would eliminate the current requirement that licensed gun owners need an additional permit to carry concealed weapons. The guns-on-campus debate is a particularly hot-button issue in an election year and, like paper or plastic, Kirk or Picard, and Coke or Pepsi, each side has its supporters. The Argument For John Reece is an assistant professor of criminal justice at Colorado Mesa University. He is the former director of the Western Colorado Peace Officers Academy, and was with the Grand Junction Police Department for nearly 20 years. Although Reece believes that concealed firearms should be banned in banks, schools, government buildings, or establishments that sell intoxicating beverages, he does support the idea of 42 | April 2012

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of University Business - April 2012

University Business - April 2012
Editor’s Note
College Index
Ad Index
Behind the News
Financial Aid
Independent Outlook
Models of Efficiency
Guns on Campus
Campus Finance
Internet Technology
End Note

University Business - April 2012