Where Students Can Carry Guns On College Campuses

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Mar 24, 2015 at 12:55 PM ET

Some state governments are warming up to the idea of letting students carry guns on campus. This year alone, some 15 states have introduced legislation to let college students pack heat at school. Four of those bills failed, but some are likely to pass.

Currently, eight states allow concealed weapons on college campuses. Proponents of campus carry laws argue that having armed students will keep school safer in the event of a shooting. Another 19 states ban concealed guns on campus, while 23 others leave the decision up to the schools. Utah in some ways is the most extreme in pro-gun direction: It alone includes public colleges and universities among the public entities that are outright prohibited from banning concealed weapons on their campuses.

The states with active bills to weaken their gun regulations on public college campuses are: Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Tennessee. Campus carry bills were defeated this year in Virginia, West Virginia, Wyoming and South Dakota.