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A List of States That Allow Concealed Guns on Campus

These states allow the concealed carry of guns on college campuses.

A List of States That Allow Concealed Guns on Campus

With things changing so quickly these days, you’d be forgiven for wondering: Which states allow concealed gun policies on college campuses?

To make things easy for you, Campus Safety has compiled a running list of states that allow concealed handguns on campus for the public to reference. We’ll keep this as up to date as possible (to the best of our ability) as things change.

Unfortunately, things aren’t quite black and white, so we’re also listing states that allow colleges to make their own concealed carry policies as well as states that expressly ban concealed carry on college campuses.

First, here’s the list of the states that allow the permitted concealed carry of guns on public college and university campuses:

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Oregon
  • Texas
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin

Editor’s Note: There are many differences in each state’s law that make concealed carry policies different. Kansas, for instance, allows public colleges to ban guns in campus buildings that have adequate security, and Wisconsin allows colleges to prohibit guns (the University of Wisconsin System does so). Minnesota allows colleges to ban guns carried by students, faculty and staff but not the general public.

If you are in one of these states and crafting a concealed carry policy, check out our Roadmap for Colleges Creating Concealed Carry Policies on Campus.

Next up, here are the states that leave the campus concealed carry policies to individual colleges and universities (it’s a long one):

  • Alabama
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Montana
  • New Hampshire
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia

Finally, here are the states that do not allow the concealed carry of handguns on college campuses:

  • California
  • Florida
  • Illinois
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • South Carolina
  • Wyoming

We hope these lists of states that allow guns on campus are helpful, and we encourage our readers to let us know if any of these lists need to be amended.

Campus Safety tries not to take a position on guns on college campuses, but we feel strongly that information on individual state’s concealed carry policies, also known as campus carry policies, should be easily available to the public so people can stay informed.

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Zach Winn is a journalist living in the Boston area. He was previously a reporter for Wicked Local and graduated from Keene State College in 2014, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in journalism and minoring in political science.

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11 responses to “A List of States That Allow Concealed Guns on Campus”

  1. Timmy Passalacqua says:

    Tennessee is not on your list.

  2. Jeff Dege says:

    Minnesota allows colleges and universities to forbid carry by students, faculty and staff.

    Private colleges and universities can also ban carry by the general public. Public colleges and universities cannot.

  3. Jeffrey Scott says:

    Thank you for this awesome article!!

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  5. Mary Spaeth says:

    Hi Zach,
    The University of Wisconsin System does NOT allow concealed carry on campuses. Please adjust your page to reflect the correct information. I MOVED last year from TEXAS because of the change in policy in the Texas public universities that allows concealed carry. Here is the language of the UW policy: The Wisconsin Administrative Code UWS 18.10(3) prohibits a person from carrying, possessing, or using any dangerous weapon on university lands or in university buildings or facilities, unless it is for law enforcement purposes or the person receives written approval of the chief administrative officer. Chapter 18 permits police to confiscate and remove dangerous weapons from university lands. To the extent Chapter 18 is consistent with Wisconsin Act 35, the University of Wisconsin System will continue to follow and enforce Chapter 18.

  6. Colin says:

    Washington and California are both red on the map while being on different lists.

  7. Michael says:

    There’s some grey area in Michigan because concealed carry is banned in college dorms and classrooms, but perfectly legal on the rest of the campus (like the diag/quad). But even this has a few exceptions; U of M, MSU, and Wayne State form their boards through state elections and are allowed to create their own local campus laws. U of M, for example, bans firearms on all property they own.

    All of this can be waived if you get a written exemption from the college, usually from the head of Campus Security.

  8. Let’s stop it with all the nonsense rhetoric about “gun control is disarming the proletariat”

    First of all, most Americans do not own guns – gun ownership has been on the decline in this country for the last 50 years – from 50% of Americans owning guns in the 1960s to barely 25% today.

    In the modern US, gun owners fall into four broad categories

    – people who own a gun for work (police officers, security guards, armored truck drivers, jewelry store owners etc)

    – people who participate in gun sports (hunters, target shooters – this category has been shrinking for decades – hunting is a dying sport in America, and target shooting is in sharp decline – FWIW I myself am a former target shooter)

    – criminals

    – racist reactionaries hoarding guns for the future race war

    You really can’t speak of an “armed proletariat” here

    We sure as hell don’t have any kind of labor militias or workers defense guards

    You can speak of gun companies marketing guns to White men as a way of boosting your masculinity and resisting “feminism” and “the homosexual lobby” ..and, of course, “protecting yourself’ (from Blacks….that’s the dog whistle part of the marketing pitch.

    In the event of a revolution in this country, the last two cohorts of gun owners – career criminals and racist suburban White gun nuts – would be the nucleus of the counterrevolution

    For that reason, the American left would be wise to support gun control

    There’s also the small matter of the wildly popular mass movement for gun control that’s captured the imagination of the youth of this country….

  9. Penrod says:

    Dear GLUS, interesting list, but you left off a huge fifth category: people of any race or sexual orientation who simply want a gun or guns with which to protect themselves and their families.

    It isn’t difficult to find out about that group: they are the several million law-abiding Americans of all races who have troubled to get concealed carry permits. They are also the people who may carry in states which don’t require a permit.

    As for the issue of America being particularly violent, according to the UN, the US is actually a spot or two below the world median in gun homicide rate. Despite the remarkable number of guns in America, we are solidly in the middle. If you’d like to verify that, just Google something like ‘UN gun homicide rate by country’ and you should have no trouble finding it. Wikipedia has an article which includes a table which may be easier to order by rate than the UN site.

    I hope you really don’t think that the only people other than your first three groups are drooling, knuckle dragging white racists, because that is way too facile as well as wildly inaccurate. Even as the number of guns has exploded, the homicide rate has collapsed. We are near a fifty year low, which also puts us near the century low.

    Even if there is no particular connection between a lot more guns and a lot less violent crime, it is clear that more guns in responsible hands do not cause more crime.

    As for white men boosting their masculinity: I guess that’s why 2 inch snubbies are popular. And gays: gays and lesbians are among the people who benefit from the ability to choose self defense. One of the original plaintiffs in the DC v Heller case was a gay man I worked with years earlier. He once used a concealed handgun to prevent a vicious attack upon a friend and himself by some gay bashers. If he had been unarmed, I might never have met him. He was a good co-worker and a fine man. I hope you wouldn’t deny him the ability to defend himself. Would you?

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