25 Colleges Where You Can Carry a Gun

Last Updated Mar 17, 2011 12:02 PM EDT

How's this for a great idea?Young man pointing a gun in black and white photo
Let's allow college students to carry guns. And then let's encourage these kids to stuff them in their backpacks and bring them to class. They also should keep their guns close when they are downing tequila shots and playing beer pong.

Of course, allowing a college student, drunk or not, to pack a weapon makes as much sense as keeping a loaded Glock pistol in a baby's crib. But it's happening.

Pro-gun extremists seem bent on arming college campuses. They have been pursuing legislation and filing lawsuits to force colleges to allow guns on campuses. Since the shooting rampage earlier this year in Arizona, for instance, state legislators have been pushing to arm campuses, as has about 15 other legislatures in states such as Texas, Tennessee and Florida.

Campuses Where You Can Carry a Gun

The gun enthusiasts efforts are paying off. According to Armed Campuses, these 25 colleges allow students to carry weapons:

Colorado

  • Colorado State University
  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • Community College of Aurora
  • Community College of Denver
  • Front Range Community College
  • Lamar Community College
  • Morgan Community College
  • Northeastern Junior College
  • Otero Junior College
  • Pikes Peak Community College
  • Red Rocks Community College
  • Trinidad State Junior College

Michigan

  • Michigan State University
Guns aren't allowed in campus buildings.

Utah

  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Southern Utah University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University
  • Dixie State College of Utah
  • College of Eastern Utah
  • Snow College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Blue Ridge Community College
Virginia
  • Blue Ridge Community College

Why College Students Shouldn't Carry Guns

The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators has stated that "concealed carry laws have the potential to dramatically increase violence on college and university campuses that our members are empowered to protect."

If you think the prospects of gun-toting college students is frightening, head over to the website of The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus. The organization's petition has already been signed by more than 250 colleges and universities.

There are plenty of reasons why guns and college don't mix. Here's one of them:

One study, Guns and Gun Threats at College, found that two-thirds of gun-owning college students engage in binge drinking. Gun-owning students are more likely than unarmed students to drink frequently and excessively and then engage in such risky behavior as driving drunk, vandalizing property and getting into trouble with the law.

Guns on campuses image by LINUZ90. CC 2.0.
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