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Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction
Connecticut Law Review (2009)
  • David B Kopel

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. The attached article is the first to provide a thorough analysis of the empirical evidence and policy arguments regarding licensed campus carry.

  • concealed carry,
  • handgun,
  • school zones,
  • campus,
  • self-defense
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David B. Kopel. Pretend “Gun-free” School Zones: A Deadly Legal Fiction," 42 Connecticut Law Review 515 (2009). Available at: