It is my understanding that only students are barred from CC or OC on any campus in WA, and then only through student rules. If I remember correctly there is one Comunity College that does not have this ban in place, so there it would be proper for licensed students to CC if they hade a CPL in their possesion.
There is no RCW or WAC (that I know of) that totaly bans all carry on higher education state property. At least none listed in RCW 9.41.300. The prohibition in RCW 9.41.280 applies to common schools only (k-12)
Deturrent, if a BG thinks there may be someone that could resist with deadly force, he may think again. This would be especially true in the case of a small person, like a woman, being forceably raped or robbed.
First response on site: Like the VA Tech killings, if there were students/faculity that were CC, they could have taken out the threat as soon as the killer opened fire.
But I think the #1 reason is, BGs do not obey the law. If they want to carry, rob, rape, kill or whatever, no law will hinder their actions...especially if they know the person(s) that are the object of their violence cannot defend themselves.
Of all places in the state, the colleges and universities should be leading and teaching by example that the citizens should obey the laws of the state, and what those laws are. Where, by banning arms at their college, they are doing just the opposite...the law states such, the Washington constitution states such, but we are above the law, we are smarter now, so we can just disreguard the law as written and make our own laws... Is that good education? Do you wonder why some in the LE community think they can be a law unto themselves?
What is the written Law?
WA state Constitution Article 1 section 24. The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defence of themselves or the state, shall not be impaired