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Liberty University — the Lynchburg, Virginia school where Ted Cruz launched his campaign for president — announced that they are repealing a rule that prohibits firearms in residence halls. This isn’t a ground breaking change, as Liberty has previously allowed concealed carry on campus:
Liberty has allowed students, faculty and staff — who have the proper state permits — to carry concealed guns on campus since 2011, Falwell said, a measure taken in response to the 2007 massacre at nearby Virginia Tech. He obtained a permit himself in 2013. Under Virginia law, residents may obtain a concealed-carry permit if they are 21 or older. About 950 people at Liberty now have concealed-carry permits, Falwell said. He said hundreds more in recent days have signed up for a training course to get a permit.
University President Jerry Falwell, Jr. has long been an advocate of the Second Amendment and holds — and uses — a concealed carry permit himself. He’s one of the more forward-thinking university administrators on this subject, ensuring that those in his charge have the resources to defend themselves.
Campus carry has been an issue elsewhere, too. I live in Texas, where it’s been debated for the past several legislative sessions, and finally passed (with restrictions) during this most recent session. For Liberty, though, allowing firearms in residence halls is not a giant leap, as it already encourages concealed carry on campus, but but stand by for warnings of its residence halls becoming killing fields according to Bloomberg and company.
But how many eligible students living in dormitories will have the time or inclination to jump through the necessary hoops to obtain the license? Very few, I’d guess. How many college juniors live in the dormitories, anyway? How many of them have the free time to demonstrate firearms proficiency to the state’s satisfaction? Of those, how many with $50 of disposable income are looking to hand it over to a county court to obtain a permit, not to mention the $500 – $750 to purchase a handgun and holster?
My hat’s off to Falwell and the board of Liberty University for not bowing to political correctness and ensuring law-abiding students who take their security seriously are allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
In other news, the concealed carry course I’m scheduled to teach on Saturday has sold out and we are working to accept two additional students.