Lane Community College Firearms Policy:
LCC is no different from the majority of campus' in Oregon with its hippies, left leaning professors and liberal agenda. But one thing has really made this school stand out for many patriots who are the sheepdogs of the Eugene and surrounding areas. A concealed handgun licensed individual is allowed to carry on campus. For most gun advocates this is shocking news that there is finally a school that is not violating our second amendment rights outright. Granted there is some work to be done, but I have decided to lead the charge at LCC by handing out pamphlets and encouraging people to get their Oregon CHLs.
POLICY NUMBER: D.030 POLICY TYPE: MISCELLANEOUS
POLICY TITLE: POSSESSION OF FIREARMS
No person, including students, employees, college patrons and vendors may bring, possess, conceal, brandish, use or be in possession of a firearm, destructive device, or other dangerous weapons as defined by law, or give the appearance of being in possession on college-owned or controlled property or at activities under the jurisdiction or sponsorship of the college, except as provided by ORS 166.370 and federal law. As authorized by ORS 659A.001(4), the exceptions provided by state and federal law do not apply to Lane employees while engaged in work activities. Permitted exceptions include use in conjunction with approved instructional demonstration.
ADOPTED: November 9, 1998
REVISED: November 16, 2004
REVISED: February 15, 2006
REVISED: April 8, 2009
As posted in the first post ORS 166.370 allows holders of a valid Oregon CHL to carry into a public building!
In The News
This was written by Jacob Leonard and was published in the Jan 29 2009 edition of "The Torch" which is the LCC paper.
Campus Public Safety officers want guns to give them the ability to defend students and staff from possible danger. PSOs like W.D. Perkins want firearms to protect students and themselves from the worst. Officers wear bullet-resistant vests for protection from gunfire, but cannot defend themselves or students from possible gun violence. In the event of gun violence at LCC, Perkins suggests that students should look to the Lane County Sheriffs department for resolution. According to the LCC Department of Public Safety, the officers at LCC are not equipped to handle school-shooting situations like what happened at Thurston High School or Virginia Tech. In the 20 minutes the sheriff would take to arrive, students in danger are advised by LCC procedure to lock classroom doors and hide. Perkins would like to protect LCC students from shootings and possible gun violence. A baton and mace would not be effective against an assailant who brandishes a firearm. LCC’s policy prevents any employee from carrying a firearm. “There could be a revision in Oregon Statutes for students and staff both to be prohibited from carrying weapons,” political science instructor Steve Candee said. At this time, students with a valid concealed weapon permit may legally carry their weapon on campus. Under the current circumstances, PSOs like Perkins are prohibited from carrying firearms, at any time, on campus. Coming from a police background he feels that the need for firearms is just as valid for campus safety as it is for the police force. Since the downward spiral of the economy, officers like Perkins and Jim Harris have noticed a rise of possibly dangerous situations. PSOs have confiscated weapons, such as 45-caliber handguns and butterfly knives from suspects on campus.
Financial and insurance liability issues fuel LCC policy against firearms. An armed security force on campus would entail training, different retirement packages and a divergence from Oregon University System norms.
“No university campus in Oregon has armed Public Safety officers,” Chief Financial Officer Greg Morgan said. “That would make LCC uniquely liable.”
Morgan admires the desire to protect the students from possible danger and wants PSOs at LCC to be as safe as possible as they perform the requirements of their job, which include assisting authorities and facilitating evacuation procedures without entering into a situation that may result in harm. “It is a worthy ambition to want to do more, but it is not always wise to do so,” Morgan said.
The equipment provided to the PSOs was issued in response to grievance complaints made by officers after they had been assaulted on duty. Handcuffs were issued after a physical assault on a PSO, pepper spray wasn’t issued until two officers had been sprayed with mace, and batons came to use after another chemical-spray incident.
“I hope no one will have to get shot for us to be allowed to use appropriate force,” Perkins said.
Harris would be willing to compromise for non-lethal force like tasers. Tasers have a close resemblance to a gun and have a 99 percent effectiveness rate, according to Harris.
“Public Safety officers should be able to carry and be armed with guns, just like police do,” student Lizzy Beemer said.
Student Daniel Marciniak suggested that LCC staff should be permitted to carry concealed weapons in case of an emergency.
According to Harris and Perkins, PSOs have a limited staff and outsource their nighttime dispatch to Junction City. Taking away the haven that the LCC onsite dispatch provides and the intimate knowledge of campus that a dispatcher there would have, robs PSOs of valuable resources, which could save a PSO or a student from harm.
Experience with deadly force is not new to LCC officers. Every PSO has at least two years experience in police work as required by LCC’s job description of PSO levels one and two. Most of the PSOs have over 20 years experience in law enforcement to draw from.
I'm not super excited about rent a cops getting guns or tasers, they don't have a good reputation around Eugene, but better they have them as well as the sheepdogs on campus than the bad guys!
Quote from "active shooter on campus policy" that I thought was funny
Quietly discuss with others in the room what you will do if the shooter enters the room. If that happens do not “duck for cover”, and become a partially exposed, passive target. If possible try to get away. Evaluate the situation as best you can before following any directions from the shooter.
"If possible try to get away" What happened to us? America needs some serious depussification! It should read something like this...
If the shooter enters and no one was smart enough to bring a handgun themselves smash the shooter in the face with a blunt object or jab him in the neck with a writing implement.