Skip to main content

Some students fight for right to carry guns at U of M

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A recent spate of widely publicized violent crimes at the U of M has prompted some students to push for more firearms on campus.

Several University of Minnesota organizations are campaigning this week for the right to carry guns at the U of M with a legal permit.

The group College Republicans of the University of Minnesota is among the student organizations seeking a change in the university's gun policy in response to a series of robberies, assaults and other violent crimes on or near the campus as of late, the Star Tribune reports.

A "Tell the Regents: Allow Campus Carry" event, which aims to inform students about the groups' efforts, runs Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Coffman Memorial Union.

The College Republicans' petition to allow lawful campus carry says self defense is a human right and U of M students, faculty, staff and visitors shouldn't be denied that right on campus. It goes on to say that people with proper permits should be able to carry on college campuses like they do in other non-secure locations across Minnesota.

Currently, the university's policy bans employees and students, with limited exceptions such as police officers, from bringing firearms and pistols on campus.

Minnesota is one of 22 states that leave the decision to ban or allow weapons on campuses to each college or university, according to the Star Tribune.

The College Republicans at the U of M are coordinating with the Twin Cities Gun Owners and Carry Forum and the Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance to sponsor the push to allow people to carry guns on the campus. Other student organizations participating include: Young Americans for Liberty, The Minnesota Republic and Collegians for a Constructive Tomorrow, according to the event's Facebook page.

Minnesota law requires citizens who want to carry guns to pass a background check, take gun safety classes and be 21 years old – so not all U of M students would be eligible, according to the Star Tribune.

There are about 165,000 Minnesotans licensed to carry a gun in the state, according to figures from 2013. More than 63,000 people applied for permits to carry guns last year.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-10-07 at 11.13.49 AM

Celebrated barefoot water skier died in accident on Brooklyn Center lake

Paul Oman died in a barefoot water skiing accident on Sept. 12.

Screen Shot 2022-10-07 at 10.49.51 AM

Sisters now living in MN win $80K over treatment at Texas border facility

Kerlin Sanchez Villalobos and her sister were awarded a settlement of $80,000.

Minneapolis Fire Department

Series of garage fires cause damage in south Minneapolis

Two of the fires occurred on the 4500 block of Snelling Avenue.

Cedric Alexander

Minneapolis’ public safety chief spends evening mocking, blocking on Twitter

The community safety commissioner responded to one user's question about downtown policing by calling them two-faced.

Screen Shot 2022-10-06 at 4.04.40 PM

Ramen bar announced for upcoming Eat Street Crossing food hall

The restaurant roster is filling up at Eat Street Crossing.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Man dies after being shot during argument in Minneapolis

It's the 70th homicide in Minneapolis this year.

NearNorthEncampment

Minneapolis police, city employees clear out Near North encampment

This comes as colder weather moves through the state.

Screen Shot 2022-10-06 at 4.32.46 PM

New T.J. Maxx to open in the Twin Cities this month

Opening day will kick off with extended hours.

Screen Shot 2022-10-06 at 3.04.24 PM

Former Hennepin County commissioner arrested for DWI

The 61-year-old was being held in Hennepin County Jail as of Thursday morning.

Evie Carshare

Electric carshare network showing growth in Twin Cities

Over 25,000 trips have been logged in a six-month span.

Screen Shot 2022-10-06 at 1.11.01 PM

Popular Apple Valley ice arena could be replaced

A concept plan to transform the ice arena is being considered.

Related