I’ve got a big ol’ article up at The Weekly Standard about concealed carry of handguns on college campuses. I talk about some recent court cases in Colorado and Oregon, where public university handgun bans are in direct conflict with state law.
You can, y’know, read it if you want. It’s pretty hip. Like, if it was any more hip, it would be draped over a suggestively posed American Apparel model. Anyway, here’s a sample:
Cases like these probably offer the best chance for proponents of concealed carry to defeat campus bans, but even in states where there is no such legal conflict, is there a justification for banning guns from campuses? If a student is licensed by the state to carry, what is the fundamental difference between a classroom and any other public space?
“It makes no sense,” Oregon Firearms Federation Executive Director Kevin Starrett said in a phone intervew. “If we can’t trust them on campus, why do we trust them anywhere else?”
Indeed, if students’ First Amendment right to free expression does not end at the school gates, as the Supreme Court ruled in Tinker v. Des Moines, why should they be denied their Second Amendment right to self-defense?