Will Concealed Carry Permits Reduce Campus Violence?

Recently Liberty University, located in Lynchburg, Virginia, changed its long-standing policy of banning firearms on campus.  Instead, students, faculty, and
staff will be allowed to carry concealed firearms on the campus after obtaining
permission from campus police.  So far, 64 total applications have been received; 26 students and 38 faculty and staff have applied.  All must be in possession of a valid concealed handgun permit to be considered.

Visitors with a concealed handgun permit will be allowed to store their weapon in a locked car.   Students granted permission will be permitted to carry weapons on campus grounds or store them in a locked car.  Only selected members of faculty and staff will be allowed to carry a concealed handgun inside campus buildings as determined on a case-by-casebasis.

Jerry Falwell, Jr., who replaced his late father as chancellor answered reporters who asked how this decision squared with the recent shooting at Virginia Tech.  “I
just saw that as an affirmation that the policy needed to be changed. I think our policy will help prevent similar incidents at Liberty University.”

Although most universities maintain the hand-gun ban with the purpose of preventing violence, some experts question whether the Virginia Tech shooter could have been taken down sooner had students been able to legally defend themselves on campus.

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