LYNCHBURG, Va. — Liberty University will remain gun-free, trustees at the Baptist school founded by the late Jerry Falwell decided March 3.
Last year, Liberty’s chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus asked university officials to change the school’s firearm policies to allow people with concealed-handgun permits to carry weapons on campus. The petition said current rules banning firearms on campus “only deter the honorable” and that anyone intending to commit violence “would have no concern for breaking a university rule.”
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, a non-profit group claiming 36,000 members nationwide, was formed immediately after the April 16, 2007, massacre that killed more than 30 at Virginia Tech University.
Liberty Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr. said last October he would take the request to Liberty’s board of trustees. According to local media, trustees did not take a formal vote at their March 3 meeting but agreed by consensus of continuing the policy of allowing only police officers to bear arms while on campus.
The Students for Concealed Carry on Campus group says on its web site that legislatures in nine states are now considering changing gun laws to allow concealed carry on college campuses for permit holders.
In comments to media, Falwell left open the possibility of, in the future, allowing faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons if they determine they need it for enhanced security.
(EDITOR’S NOTE — Allen is senior writer for Associated Baptist Press.)