Policy Development and Implementation of Legislation Permitting the Carrying of Concealed Handguns on College and University Campuses: Promising Practices
As a result of expanded state legislation across the U.S. permitting the carrying of concealed handguns on college and university campuses, many institutions have been required to develop concealed carry policies that meet the mandates of state laws. It is imperative that while ensuring a safe environment on campus, colleges not inhibit the academic freedom of the institution by placing real or perceived restrictions on speech in the classroom or permitting real or perceived intimidation of the campus community as a result of the language of a policy.
Because of the complexity of issues, campus public safety officials requested assistance from the National Center for Campus Public Safety (NCCPS). Based on these requests and the growing national movement toward campus carry legislation, the NCCPS convened a forum of campus public safety executives, federal officials, and subject-matter experts on November 15–16, 2016 to identify critical items to consider during the development and implementation of policy and procedures reflecting current legislation regarding campus carry. Developing a nationwide model policy was not feasible because of the differences in state legislation that authorized what has become known as “campus carry” and due to the wide variability in the characteristics of campuses across the country.
This report reflects the findings of the forum that provide informed guidance to institutions of higher education in the process of developing or anticipating the need to develop such a policy.