Campus carry in the United States
Campus carry in the United States refers to the possession of firearms on College or University campuses in the United States. Each state has its own discretion on laws concerning campus carry.
Campus Carry by State
There are three different forms of Campus carry that states enact: Mandatory, Institutional, or Non-permissive.
Mandatory refers to a law or court decision which requires a publicly funded institution to generally allow firearms on campus, though some locations may be exempted depending on the school policy (e.g. a secure area, at a sporting event, etc.). Restricted areas will vary by state and individual school; refer to your school's specific policy for details. Some states require the firearm to be concealed (e.g. Texas) while others allow concealed or open carry (e.g. Utah).
Institutional refers to the decision of each institution to determine whether to allow firearms on campus or not. School firearm policies generally do not have the force of law. The majority of institutions in these states opt to ban guns with a few exceptions (e.g. Liberty University).
Non-Permissive refers to the prohibition of firearms on any institutional property by law.
|Arizona||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Arkansas||Employees of colleges/universities with carry permits may carry; students/general public cannot. However, schools can opt out and virtually all have done so. Additionally, concealed carry permit holders may keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|California||May carry only with permission of institutional authorities, otherwise guns banned.|
|Colorado||The Colorado Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that public universities may not ban guns for persons who have concealed carry permits.|
|District of Columbia|
|Florida||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Georgia||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Idaho||Enhanced concealed carry permit holders only. Concealed carry only; open carry is forbidden.|
|Illinois||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Indiana||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot. This applies to grade school; unclear if it would apply to college parking lots.|
|Kansas||Takes effect July 2017. Gun ban allowed only if "adequate security measures" are in place. Institutions may request an exemption for up to 4 years as well.|
|Kentucky||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Michigan||State law bans guns in dormitories or classrooms of colleges, but not college grounds. May carry if you are the parent of a child in school. May also carry at Michigan State University grounds but not buildings. May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Minnesota||Colleges may only forbid carrying by employees and students. Only employment or academic sanctions may be imposed; no criminal charges. Non-employees/non-students can carry. May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Mississippi||Permit holders who have taken a voluntary instructional course on the safe handling of firearms may carry on school property.|
|Montana||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Nebraska||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Nevada||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot only with written permission.|
|New Mexico||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot. Exceptions exist for university-sponsored shooting events and ROTC programs.|
|North Carolina||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|North Dakota||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Ohio||May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Oklahoma||May carry only with permission of institutional authorities, otherwise guns banned. May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Oregon||The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled in 2011 that concealed carry permit holders cannot be forbidden from carrying guns on the grounds of public universities. Campus buildings are exempted.|
|South Carolina||May carry only with permission of institutional authorities, otherwise guns banned. May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Tennessee||Full-time employees of public colleges/universities with handgun carry permits may carry concealed; students/general public cannot. May keep a gun in a locked car in parking lot.|
|Texas||Concealed carry only; open carry is forbidden. Takes effect August 2017 for Community Colleges (took effect August 2016 for 4 year universities). Limited gun-free zones are allowed for specific sensitive places. Private institutions may opt out and all have done so, with the exception of Amberton University.|
|Utah||Both concealed and open carry is allowed at all public institutions.|
|Washington||May carry only with written approval, otherwise guns banned.|
|Wisconsin||Campus buildings are exempted if signs posted.|
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