Does Campus Carry Lead to an Increase in Sexual Assaults?

Campus Carry
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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

Austin, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- Here are the bullet points on the debate over whether campus carry leads to an increased rate of on-campus sexual assault:

  • Campus carry opponents have taken to citing a study conducted by the Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus, to argue that campus carry leads to an increase in on-campus sexual assaults.
  • These campus carry opponents ignore the fact that the cited study (which was not peer-reviewed) acknowledges that its results certainly do not prove that concealed carry causes more crime.”
  • These campus carry opponents ignore or dismiss the fact that the campus carry policy working group at the University of Texas at Austin concluded, “The evidence does not in any way support the claim of a causal link between campus carry and an increased rate of sexual assault.”
  • These campus carry opponents argue, Given that Colorado and Utah shield the identities of concealed-carry license holders, there is no way to know if people who hold CHLs were the perpetrators of these acts of sexual violence”; however, that is not entirely true. In both Utah and Colorado, the unlicensed possession of a firearm on a college campus is a crime (a felony in Colorado, a Class A misdemeanor in Utah). Therefore, in any case in which criminal charges have been filed, it would be possible to look at both the police report and the charging documents and ascertain if the crime actually took place on a college campus (the Clery Act data used in the CKGOC study includes surrounding areas), if the suspect is reported to have used a handgun in the commission of the crime, and if the suspect was charged with the unlawful possession of a firearm on a college campus (indicating that the suspect did not possess a concealed handgun license, or CHL).
  • The campus carry opponents touting this campus-carry-leads-to-rape theory could take these extra steps to corroborate their claims, but they don’t want to because they know that no campus-carry college has reported a sexual assault in which an armed CHL holder was either the assailant or the victim.
  • According to the 1996-2013 conviction rates maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas CHL holders were convicted of aggravated sexual assault at 1/6 the rate of unlicensed Texans (NOTE: that statistic includes all Texas children in the number of unlicensed Texans; the contrast is even greater when only adults are counted).
  • According to licensing data maintained by the Texas Department of Public Safety, the rate of concealed handgun licensure among Texans age 18-23 was approximately 0.68% as of January 1, 2015.

About Students for Concealed Carry:

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com.

For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus.

5 thoughts on “Does Campus Carry Lead to an Increase in Sexual Assaults?

  1. That is ridiculous ! Do these liberal douches on the board of regents at UT actually think people are going to wait until they can legally carry concealed on campus and all of a sudden start committing sexual assaults ? These gungrabbing,liberal,douches,make me sick !

  2. Sadly, Oklahoma is in the same boat, fighting our higher education leadership’s ridiculous academic ignorance and bias.

    In a recent session, OU President David Boren informed the Oklahoma Legislature of his (and the university administrators’ and faculty union’s) opposition to allowing Concealed Carry of handguns on this state’s college campuses.

    As Chairman of the GOP 2nd Amendment Committee here, I have repeatedly invited David to publicly debate the issue with me, but my offers have been ignored (imagine that!).

  3. Nice work ferreting out the niggle details that turn their “study proving” into a study disproving. The Austin Wussies were so intent upon making their predetermined point their tunnel vision “protected” them from seeing, thus using, the data as found, and leting it lead to a truthful conclusion.

    One other minor factoid they fail to mention: anyone with their Mother May I Card letting them carry, once committing a rape, will lose that Card. Far safer to find a willing partner and have a romp with her.

    the whingers wil always try and put the blame on some fairy tale character.

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