Student perceptions and practices regarding carrying concealed handguns on university campuses

Amy Thompson, James H. Price, Joseph A. Dake, Karen Teeple, Sara Bassler, Jagdish Khubchandani, Dianne Kerr, Jodi Brookins Fisher, Megan Rickard, Lorette Oden, Amos Aduroja, Adrian Lyde, Kathy Philips, Mathew Adeyanju, Brandon Eggleston, Shiaw Fen Ferng-Kuo, Daniel Duquette, Karla Bartholomew, Chris Stratton

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Abstract

Objective: This multisite study assessed college student's perceptions and practices regarding carrying concealed handguns on campus. Participants: Undergraduate students from 15 public midwestern universities were surveyed (N = 1,800). Methods: Faculty members distributed the questionnaire to students in general education classes or classes broadly representative of undergraduate students. Results: Useable questionnaires were returned by 1,649 students (92%). The majority (78%) of students was not supportive of concealed handguns on campuses, and 78% claimed that they would not obtain a permit to carry a handgun on campus, if it were legal. Those who perceived more disadvantages to carrying handguns on campus were females, who did not own firearms, did not have a firearm in the home growing up, and were not concerned with becoming a victim of crime. Conclusions: The majority of students was not supportive of concealed handguns on campus and claimed that they would not feel safer if students and faculty carried concealed handguns.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-253
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of American College Health
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

Keywords

  • campus safety
  • college students
  • firearms
  • homicide
  • suicide
  • violence

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