However, Watson admits that this is a question for the campus legal team. “If you’re licensed in a state to carry concealed by the state, and then the state says you can carry on campus… can you then say to someone that’s licensed to go everywhere else, ‘if you’re going to be on my campus, you have to register?’”
Concealed carry on campus is obviously a polarizing issue. Even among security consultants interviewed for this article, there were differences of opinion among their staff members as to whether schools should allow guns. And it’s not as simple as supporting the right to bear arms. Of the security professionals interviewed, most who were against guns on campus said that they supported the Second Amendment.
One thing that Burnett and the others point out is that, no matter what the rules are, people who are up to no good will occasionally bring guns onto campus.
The two sides of this issue differ mainly in whether they view the campus as a unique environment or just another public space. But where states approve concealed carry, security departments must find ways to address the requirements.