Right to Lawfully Carry Concealed on the VT Campus sign now

I, the undersigned, request you to overturn the current policy, number 5616 section 2.2, restricting the right of students, faculty, and staff with concealed handgun permits to carry on Virginia Tech's campus for self-defense.

When this policy was revisited in 2005 in response to a harmless, law-abiding individual carrying on campus, you chose to leave the ban in place. As we saw, this left the door open to a harmful, law-violating individual to murder our friends and family with absolutely no resistance. Now, our institution will always be known for this horrible event.

Since you have said in the past that you are willing to consider any action that would improve campus safety, I write to you today to ask you to revisit this policy once again. In the past two years, advocates have gathered extensive research to back the argument that allowing concealed carry on campus would not only cause no problems, but would increase the safety of individuals on campus. This research is readily available and would gladly be presented at your request.

Advocates have also consulted with various experts and lawmakers on the topic; few have expressed concern for extending concealed carry rights to campus. Many of the candidates of last week's Virginia elections directly endorsed the right to carry on campus, yet still won; clearly, voters are not greatly concerned, either. Additionally, Virginia Tech Chief of Police Wendell Flinchum indicated that all Virginia Tech Police are trained to encounter armed citizens both on and off campus, as well as in emergency situations. Relatedly, in 2005, the Virginia Attorney General opined that Virginia public campuses "may not impose general prohibition on carrying of concealed weapons by permitted individuals" but felt that rules could be imposed against students and employees (AG 05-078).

I would like to see you end this ineffective policy against your own students, faculty, and staff today, a policy which has served only to disarm those who are "neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes," to quote the great Thomas Jefferson.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

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Latest Signatures

  • 16 December 2015100. Chad S
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any Student By failing to change the policy you accept liability for the inadequacy of the student body's personal protection
  • 29 November 201599. Robert W
    I support this petition
  • 25 October 201598. Ryan F
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any Student Although I do not possess a CCW license, I affirm our right to do so.
  • 15 July 201597. S Alysonb
    I support this petition
  • 03 June 201596. James K
    I support this petition
  • 15 May 201595. Mike Vasquez
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any None It would be great for VT to pave the way for the rest of the US regarding students' rights.
  • 11 May 201594. Nina C
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  • 27 February 201592. Austen S
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  • 23 November 201489. Colin G
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  • 20 November 201487. Ken M
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any Undergraduate Student You would walk past me, on the street, without worrying, even though I'm armed. Why do you fear me in the classroom?
  • 18 November 201486. Bryan B
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any fan It would be great for VT to pave the way for the rest of the US regarding students' rights.
  • 01 November 201485. Kally K
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any none I work for another college in VA. I would love the option to be able to protect myself if something as terrible as the VT shooting happens.
  • 08 October 201484. Chad Michaelvana
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any Student I will never carry, but I trust my fellow students to protect me more than the VT police -- who will arrive in 3-5 minutes
  • 28 September 201483. Nathan P
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  • 05 September 201482. Edwin R
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  • 03 August 201481. Richard S
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any none it would be great for VT to pave the way for the rest of the US regarding students' rights.
  • 29 July 201480. Karen S
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  • 17 June 201478. James T
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  • 27 May 201477. Theresa Ac
    Affiliation with Virginia Tech, if any family member attends what happened on that fateful day SHOULD NOT EVER happen again!!!
  • 21 March 201476. Frank E
    I support this petition
  • 23 February 201475. Ryan B
    I support this petition
  • 18 February 201474. Ed B
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