Kutztown University Changes Gun Policy to Allow Students and Faculty With Government Issued Firearms to Carry Concealed Weapons

Update: When reaching out to student group lobbying for changes on who this would affect, they responded:

 

This is a story that the Raging Chicken Press will be covering over the next couple of weeks.  Kutztown University, which is part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, administrators have made the unilateral decision to change their gun policy, which would allow faculty and students to carry concealed weapons on campus.  On April 5, 2013, a small group of libertarian students, headed by Robert Fallstich, complained that the university was a gun free zone, and to achieve their goals, they used  Sandy Hook and other events as a means to their ends.  And it looks like the small groupd of students have achieved their goals.

As you can see on the document below, it states:

“This policy applies to all persons who are enrolled, employed by, visiting, or providing services to Kutztown University.  This policy applies equally to those persons who have a government issued license to carry a concealed firearm.  Any university employee or student having such a license and wishing to carry their weapon on university property for compelling reasons to their personal safety must request an exception to this policy by contacting the University Chief of Police.  Such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.”

The policy memo then goes on to explain in further detail how this process will work and where they can carry their firearms on campus.  This was approved by the university president.

We are currently digging deeper into this issue and will have more later on.

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5 Comments on Kutztown University Changes Gun Policy to Allow Students and Faculty With Government Issued Firearms to Carry Concealed Weapons

  1. Hi Sean, thanks for the mention of the organization.

    While this isn’t quite unrestricted lawful carry, and nobody’s tested the “compelling reasons” verbiage, the policy is very new and of course a step in the right direction. Obviously, there has been some rumbling undertones from faculty, I encourage anyone with an opinion on either side of this issue to contact myself or the national organization, and take some time to understand who we are, and what we’re all about, which is, in a word: safety.

    I’m watching this very closely and in regular contact with the director of police services and public safety. We both want what everyone wants at the University, a safe environment to foster new ideas and learning. The message of KUSCC is that we would like to ensure for, and provide our own measures of personal safety, legally, and in the most effective manner.

  2. Sean –

    You need to reword your headline. There is a BIG difference between someone carrying a government issued FIREARM & having a government issued LICENSE to carry. It may seem like a minor differentiation but it is not.

    If you want to argue for or against something you need to make sure you are using the correct verbiage in the correct context as both matter greatly in a debate as politically charged as firearms policy.

    Is the point of your concern that civilians with personally owned weapons and a license to carry concealed may be allowed to do so if they can prove “compelling need?” Or is your concern that those who carry government issued weapons or need weapons in the course of their work (police, security, active military) will carry them onto campus in the course of their duties?

    Thanks,
    TH

    • I did change it, right after it was published. I think it might take a bit for the hyperlink to fix itself.

  3. As an aside, Sean, I would like to make note that nowhere in the news report were the events in Connecticut mentioned, and Students for Concealed Carry has no opinion, nor does it advocate in any manner for or against the carry of firearm in primary or secondary schools.

    This is about law abiding adults, acting within the legal system prescribed by the Commonwealth. Law abiding adults 21 and over with a valid License to Carry Firearms can legally carry a firearm, concealed, anywhere in the Commonwealth, notwithstanding places specifically mentioned in statute. There are already well over a hundred thousand licensed concealed carriers in Pennsylvania.

    Criminals already are on campus, forcing their way into dorm rooms at gunpoint and pistol whipping our classmates. Meanwhile, concealed carry permit/license holders rarely commit crime (less than 1% in Texas, and less than a tenth of a percent in Kansas. I don’t have numbers for Pennsylvania but they’re unlikely to be different) and are 5.5 times less likely than the police to shoot an innocent bystander instead of their intended target (http://www.guncite.com/journals/katesval.html#fnb55 [Kates, Don. Restricting Handguns 154-55. North River Press, 1979. Print]).

    Obviously the criminals don’t care about the previous university policy (or laws against assault with a deadly weapon, or battery for that matter). At what point do we say enough is enough, and allow law abiding students to provide for their own self defense? When another Seung Hui Cho makes a massacre of our classmates?

  4. I’m not knocking the police (dangerous and thankless job most of the time) but may CCers have better training and train more often. We can’t afford to hit an innocent bystander and face prosecution for any error in judgement or marksmanship. The police have paid legal representation and the backing of state or local government should they make a mistake. Shooting anyone as a private citizen WILL change your life in many ways. Shooting anyone unless our own life is in danger is the last resort.

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