U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Students for Concealed Carry is once again hosting an Empty Holster Protest to call for decriminalizing licensed concealed carry on college campuses.
The nationwide protest is the group’s signature event to raise awareness for the increased risks that college students face with crime and mass shootings, and the deadly illusion perpetuated by colleges that posting signs will ward off criminals.
“If you have a state-issued permit, the government has approved you to carry a concealed firearm anywhere the law allows, said David Burnett, a spokesman for the group. “Yet when it comes to one of the few places mass shooters favor, universities arbitrarily overrule that trust and forbid responsible citizens from defending themselves if the unthinkable happens.”
“Time and again, these murderous psychopaths have shown a preference for gun free zones because the rules guarantee no one can shoot back,” Burnett added. “Yet instead of developing proactive solutions to prevent shootings, college administrators threaten to ruin our lives with prison time or expulsion if we carry. They won’t be the ones in the classrooms with us when a criminal opens fire.”
The group points to hundreds of campuses in at least ten states which already permit campus carry, due largely to the group’s legislative and lobbying efforts since their formation shortly after the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Despite predictions to the contrary, “campus carry” colleges haven’t seen increased crime or shootings. The group notes this is because persons obtaining concealed carry permits must, in most cases, be over 21 to qualify, as well as passing a litany of background checks and qualifications.
“Bottom line, posting signs requiring students to leave their guns at home is a useless and discriminatory, and makes the campus more appealing to criminals. It’s time for colleges to give up the pretense that they can protect us, and let responsible, mature adults choose for themselves.”
The protest, which involves symbolically wearing empty holsters while on campus, is nonviolent and nondisruptive, and will occur October 7th – 11th, 2019.
For more information, visit ConcealedCampus.org or visit Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus
About Students for Concealed Carry:
Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization advocating for legal concealed carry on college campuses.
My daughter is a Junior at and my son just graduated from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA. I am very happy that LU allows CC on campus for students, parents, faculty, and guests with a VA CC permit. They also have a beautiful range, but it’s not open to the public.
Back in 2007 an Empty Holster protest was held at Kansas State University, Manhattan Kansas. The University did not have legally enforceable signage. Kansas had just recently passed concealed carry and began issuing licenses in January 2007. I was not a student at KU so since I could not be expelled I carried all day at the protest and in the hearing room. I even asked a question on camera. of Patricia Stoneking who was President of KSRA and an NRA instructor for police and civilians. My question was whether, in her experience if civilians or police were “better” or… Read more »
Legitimate intelligence and rational thought DOES EXIST in Educational Institutions… the sad truth is that they are silenced from sharing their enlightened and statistically supported views that armed, trained, law-abiding citizens are the most effective deterrent to opportunistic cowards. I know several law-abiding, trained adults pursuing continuing education that are forced to choose between their safety and the safety of those around them versus the consequences of carrying a firearm on College or University property. It is truly sad that a large portion of our free society is misled by emotional rants and propaganda when the truth can be determined… Read more »
The schools that allow carry are the smart ones. I know texas had a scuffle with their carry program because the liberal profs. pee their pants when they see a gun. By now they should admit they were wrong because it has been a good thing.
The U of WA and other colleges have seen an increase in violent crime within the general area.
U of WA is a “GFZ”.