Lynchburg, Virginia's Liberty University Chancellor Jerry Falwell, Jr. (photo) announced a change in policy that now allows students, staff, and visitors with concealed weapons permits to carry guns on campus. He commented that the new policy “adds to the security and safety of the campus and it’s a good thing. If something — God forbid — ever happened like what happened at Virginia Tech, there would be more than just our police officers who would be able to deal with it.” He added, "I think it’s consistent for a school, for a student body that’s strongly in favor of the Second Amendment … to have policies that are at least as lenient as a number of other universities."
Although the new policy still prevents students from carrying guns into dormitories and classrooms, and those who do decide to carry on campus must pass a background check in addition to meeting Virginia’s requirements for a concealed weapon permit, Liberty senior Craig Storrs, who heads up the local chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, was ecstatic:
I’m over the moon! I thought I’d be graduating and still having to fight for it because it is a very controversial policy and not a lot of schools are willing to take the risk. It makes me feel secure knowing I would be able to defend myself if something does happen, like Virginia Tech, or if I get stopped on the street for a mugging or something like that.
The president of Liberty University’s Student Government Association, Cody May, called the new policy “a balanced approach to such a controversial topic," adding,"The new concealed carry policy is an important milestone at Liberty University … I think it allows students who are trained and licensed to carry a concealed weapon the freedom to exercise their Second Amendment rights.”
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