Liberty University to allow guns in residence halls

by Nick Anderson  |  published on December 10, 2015

Liberty University will soon end a rule that prohibits students from bringing firearms into residence halls, the school’s president said Wednesday in what he described as a measure to increase campus safety.

President Jerry Falwell Jr. made the announcement here to a gathering of several thousand students at the evangelical Christian school, drawing heavy applause. On Friday, Falwell had urged eligible students to get training from school authorities to enable them to obtain a permit to carry concealed weapons.

He said that if more people carry concealed weapons at Liberty, it would help the school deter attacks such as the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead and more wounded.

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  • Dave N.

    This is a good thing provided the students go through extended safety, defense, and legal training. In fact the colleges and universities could add a course to the curriculum and drop one of the ridiculous utopian courses like art appreciation, or underwater basket weaving that have nothing to do with an individuals major. All three areas basic Safety & Operation, basic Self Defense, basic Legal responsibilities & ramifications, these could be combined into a single course that made use of the weekends as well as daily attendance over a two week period and given a full semesters credit. I only say this because young people have a tendency to be a little less responsible and a little more flippant then people just 8 or 10 years their senior. Something a little more intense seems to be appropriate rather than a typical one or two day course for adults. Done properly it may be possible to receive Certificates for all three areas in addition to a concealed handgun license. There would be a lot of benefits to the individuals and the college or university. This would also help satisfy the liberals and sceptics, along with giving the school some confidence as well.

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