Guns on Campus: The Architecture and Momentum of State Policy Action
NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and Education Commission of the States (ECS), 2016
Amid efforts by campus leaders to build violence prevention and crisis response strategies, colleges and universities continue to be impacted by active shooter violence. Incidents of mass violence have led to debate by lawmakers about the appropriate course of policy action to mitigate the public safety threat that active shooters pose to our communities. This report offers a detailed summary of state legislative action and higher education system policy decisions that have occurred in two specific categories: (1) states that have permitted or are seeking to permit guns on campus, and (2) states that have prohibited or are seeking to prohibit guns on campus. This is one of three publications in a joint partnership between NASPA and ECS. The two corresponding briefs include State Legislative Developments on Campus Sexual Violence: Issues in the Context of Safety and Partnership to Elevate Policy and Practice: Campus Sexual Violence and Guns on Campus.