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Pretend 'Gun-Free' School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction

David B. Kopel

Independence Institute; Denver University - Sturm College of Law

April 16, 2009

Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 515-584, December 2009

Most states issue permits to carry a concealed handgun for lawful protection to an applicant who is over 21 years of age, and who passes a fingerprint-based background check and a safety class. These permits allow the person to carry a concealed defensive handgun almost everywhere in the state. Should professors, school teachers, or adult college and graduate students who have such permits be allowed to carry firearms on campus?

In the last two years, many state legislatures have debated the topic. School boards, regents, and administrators are likewise faced with decisions about whether to change campus firearms policies.

This Paper is the first to provide a thorough analysis of the empirical evidence and policy arguments regarding licensed campus carry. Whether a reader agrees or disagrees with the Paper's policy recommendations, the Paper can lay the foundation for a better-informed debate, and a more realistic analysis of the issue.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 70

Keywords: concealed handgun licensing, school zones, carry permits

JEL Classification: I28, K14

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Date posted: March 30, 2009 ; Last revised: November 19, 2009

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Kopel, David B., Pretend 'Gun-Free' School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction (April 16, 2009). Connecticut Law Review, Vol. 42, No. 2, pp. 515-584, December 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1369783

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