Wednesday, February 27,2013
Packing heat on campus
Gun rights advocates' drive to loosen restrictions on campus
by Sam Inglot
If you’re a college student in the Lansing area and you have a concealed pistol license, there is only one campus where you can exercise that right — to some extent.
Of the two colleges and two universities in the area, three of them — Davenport University, Cooley Law School and Lansing Community College — completely ban guns on campus. At Michigan State University, you can carry concealed on campus though not in certain buildings.
In Michigan and elsewhere throughout the country, gun rights advocates are pushing for fewer gun limits on campuses.
“We seek to legalize concealed carry on college campuses for people who already have licenses,” said Reid Smith, director of Michigan Students for Concealed Carry, a chapter of the national organization that’s trying to reform Concealed Pistol Licence — CPL — laws at colleges. Smith, a 25-year-old med student at Wayne State University, has had his license for several years.
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