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    Activist Member nuc65's Avatar
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    Is carrying a gun on a college campus a crime?

    Channel 13 posted a story in regards to last weeks extreme police response at Va. Tech. when a MWAG call came in.

    Weapons on College Campuses--Legal or Not?
    Posted: Friday, August 5, 2011 5:55 PM EST

    {(I've highlighted some comments that I found interesting)}

    Reporter: David Tate

    Blacksburg, VA - Classes resumed at Virginia Tech today, but the scare of a possible gunman on campus Thursday is still bringing up a lot of questions about the legality of weapons on college campuses.

    Campus police didn't want to take any chances and called in plenty of backup Thursday even though someone carrying a weapon may not even be breaking the law.

    It isn't a black and white issue{HUH?}, and considering Virginia Tech's history, school administrators say it was the expected response.

    As law enforcement scoured Virginia Tech's campus, put out alerts, hustled kids from one safe place to another, and basically shut down the campus all together , administrators knew they were in a gray area of sorts because what set off the alarm may not have been against the law.

    "As long as you're legal age and you are out in the open, you can legally carry. These are public sidewalks, those are public streets," said Larry Hincker, the university spokesman.

    That means anyone who can legally carry a weapon while visiting campus can have it on them. Virginia Tech's weapons policy only covers certain things and certain people.

    "On a college campus the buildings are going to be restricted, and also we restrict our own employees and our own students. So that's when you all of a sudden start getting into the nuances," said Hincker.

    It's those nuances that sound the alarm as security makes sure everything related to that weapon checks out, whether it's legal or not.

    "It has to do with what is that person doing? Why are they on a college campus? Are they brandishing? Are they here to do something? But in the state of Virginia it is legal as long as it is in the open," added Hincker."The reality is, whether it's open carry or not, anybody with a weapon on a college campus is going to set off alarm."

    The bottom line is that if you visit the Virginia Tech campus and feel the need to carry your weapon, expect to be on the receiving end of a quick response if it's seen.

    {Nuances my ass!}
    Last edited by nuc65; 08-08-2011 at 06:23 AM.
    When I carry a gun, I don't do so because I am looking for a fight, but because I'm looking to be left alone. The gun at my side means that I cannot be forced, only persuaded. I don't carry it because I'm afraid, but because it enables me to be unafraid. It doesn't limit the actions of those who would interact with me through reason, only the actions of those who would do so by force.

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    Accomplished Advocate peter nap's Avatar
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    You're preachin to the choir Nuc.

    I kinda hope we don't have any OC incidents on campus this year because they WILL solicit a huge show of force and despite what some think, there isn't much chance of a successful lawsuit if they violate a few civil rights in the process.

    VCDL will be concentrating on schools this year in the General Assembly. Less bad press during that time is always better.
    Just my opinion.

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