VA: Students for Concealed Carry Group formed at George Mason University

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    If anyone is a current student or an alumni of GMU, a new organization has been formed to to advocate for repeal of the administrative gun carry ban at George Mason University (GMU) for concealed handgun permit holders.

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    PRESS RELEASE
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 11, 2007


    *GMU Students for Concealed Carry formed at Virginia's George Mason
    University*

    George Mason University Students for Concealed Carry (GMU-SCC) is a student
    group that has come together in the wake of the recent Virginia Tech
    tragedy. The purpose of GMU-SCC is to advocate for repeal of the
    administrative gun carry ban at George Mason University (GMU) for concealed
    handgun permit holders.

    Recent tragedies, such as the events at Virginia Tech and California State
    University, have proved one thing: college campuses are not as safe as
    students and parents were led to believe. Every citizen has the right to
    protect him or her self, and GMU Students for Concealed Carry demands that
    George Mason University recognize this right of their law-abiding students.

    George Mason University, located in Fairfax, Virginia, is the largest school
    in Virginia with close to 30,000 students. Current policy at GMU prevents
    students that hold concealed handgun permits from bringing a handgun onto
    campus. These students are at least 21 years of age, and many are military
    or law enforcement veterans. Individuals who are not affiliated with the
    university, according to state law, are not prohibited from carrying
    firearms for their protection.

    Andrew Dysart, the current president of GMU-SCC, recently founded the
    organization. Dysart said "The irony of this situation is that students
    attending the university can do nothing to protect themselves from
    criminals, but non-students have this right. This policy does not take into
    account that the vast majority of Concealed Handgun Permit Holders are law
    abiding citizens; all have been scrutinized by extensive background checks
    and taken courses in handgun safety."

    The current policy (George Mason University Administrative Policy NO. 56:
    Policy Preventing Weapons) is under review. It has been removed from the
    University website, but a recent Freedom of Information Act request revealed
    that it was enacted in 1995. Dysart said, "This policy is outdated. It is
    not illegal for the general public to carry a concealed handgun on a public
    university campus, so why deny the campus community this same right? The
    fact is that any adult student may be expelled from GMU for lawful gun
    carry, and the moment they are expelled the same person can carry a handgun
    on a GMU campus without recourse."

    George Mason University Students for Concealed Carry is calling upon the
    University to immediately change this outdated and unjust policy.

    For more information please see:
    GMU-SCC (coming soon): http://www.gmustudentsforconcealedcarry.org/
    Other Schools: http://www.concealedcampus.org/

    *GMU Students for Concealed Carry is currently pending recognition as an
    official student organization by George Mason University officials. The
    GMU-SCC President can be reached via email at
    [email protected]*

    see http://opencarry.mywowbb.com/forum64/ for details