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Concealed Carry Legality in College

Discussion in 'Legal' started by Dorryn, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. Dorryn

    Dorryn Active Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Buffalo, NY
    Greetings all, I am new to this website and this is my first post.

    About two years ago a newspaper story detailing local attempts to increase "gun control" and crack down on handguns prompted me to get a permit through my home, Ontario County, NY. This is a permit to operate as well as carry concealed my Beretta 96 .40 cal handgun, which I received.

    However, I am concerned with the legality of carrying concealed on a college campus. I am a graduate student working on my Masters in Special Education and my college is very close to a "high crime area" where 75% of Buffalo's armed robberies/assaults/shootings occur. I take night courses here and (especially in winter) very often leave when it is dark outside, walk to my car a distance, etc.

    A high school/middle school is, as far as I am aware, considered Federal property and thus it is illegal to carry concealed even if one posessed a valid permit. The same rule applies to airports, courthouses, and the like. However, my college is a private college and not a state university so it cannot be considered Federal property. On the other hand, it is a school and I know that many (liberal) people consider carrying any weapon (knife, club, whatever) on any school at any level to be nothing short of blasphemy.

    I wish to respect the law, but I also wish to protect myself or my friends and if anyone can advise me on the legality of this situation I would appreciate it.
  2. Optical Serenity

    Optical Serenity Active Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    Atlanta, GA
    Depends on the school as to who owns it. The majority of elementary, middle, and high schools are county property or city property, while universities are either state or private. That being said, every state that I know of has laws that say educational institutions are off limits to citizens to carry in.

    Here in GA, you cannot legally carry on a college campus unless you are law enforcement.
  3. Autolycus

    Autolycus Mentor

    Feb 13, 2006
    In the land of make believe.
    www.packing.org will have answers.

    Also check with your school. If it is legal and you carry you are in the clear legally. However they can throw you out of school and that may not make the risk worth it. They can only due this if your caught though.

    Here is where Packing.org lists as places you cannot carry...


    It looks like you maybe able to CCW in a college. It depends on if an Educational facility applies to colleges or just elementary and high schools. It probably includes colleges but I would suggest looking into it more.
  4. JJY

    JJY New Member

    Sep 22, 2006
    Don’t forget, even if it is legal to carry at a college, you, as a student, may be violating some college policy that applies to students that may get you expelled.

    We have this in VA. If you have a concealed handgun permit, it is legal under most circumstances to carry on state university grounds, but the school will discipline students and employees for doing so.

    Like all rules, weigh the risks and make your decision.

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