For sometime now, carry has been legal on most Virginia public college campuses -- unless you were an employee or student of that college. Employees and students of the college were prohibited the right to self-defense on their own campus by "rules" to which they agreed, by reference, when they applied and were accepted or hired.
A couple of colleges slipped prohibitions into the Virginia Administrative Code (not the statutory law which is legislated) -- e.g., see item # 4 of Virginia Commonwealth University's "The right to academic freedom and to equal educational and occupational access" at LIS > Administrative Code > 8VAC35-60-20
These non-legislated restrictions of all citizens have been upheld in the courts.
Now a number of other colleges are in the process of adopting the same anti-freedom tactics.
VCDL's response (which I am reprinting verbatim, with permission):
From a VA-ALERT.
VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.
[First person singular pronouns (I, my, mine, etc) and “PVC” reference Philip Van Cleave, President VCDL]
1. VCDL protests are coming: "Operation Campus Safety" announced
THE PROBLEM - UNIVERSITIES AND COLLEGES ENDANGERING THE INNOCENT
The Board of Directors of VCDL has decided that enough is enough when it comes to the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and guests at Virginia public universities and colleges. Higher-education "no gun" policies do not make the innocent any safer. Instead such policies enable people like Cho to wantonly massacre, rape, and rob.
Those policies disarm students, faculty and staff not only on campus, but going to and from campus. ODU, for example, is not situated in the best part of town and unarmed students pay the price.
What's even more egregious is that concealed handgun permit holders, who are at least 21 years old, have clean records, have had training, are not illegal drug users or habitual drunkards, and carry virtually everywhere else they go, are purposely left helpless. There simply is no excuse for that. Just one armed permit holder in one of those classrooms under attack at Virginia Tech on that fateful day in 2007 could have stopped Cho.
[A JMU STUDENT, WHO IS ALSO A CHP HOLDER, SAVED HIS LIFE LAST WEEK JUST OFF THE JMU CAMPUS - SEE ITEM #2, BELOW]
Just who exactly do those who live in the Ivory Towers think they are to dictate what your life or mine is worth? Where do they get the authority to do so? Gun laws are strictly controlled by the General Assembly and there is NO enabling legislation giving higher-ed the authority to have gun-control on campus. Too many of those in the Ivory Towers are so lost in the alternate world of academia, they become isolated from reality.
The thought of being expelled from Virginia Tech, something that I'm sure the University considers right up there with the death penalty, didn't even slow Cho down from his dark mission. And after the massacre, the University completely missed the real-world lesson that was so painfully taught them. Instead they decided to double-down on a failed and dangerous policy that only works on a blackboard.
The universities know that the Virginia Attorney General Cuccinelli has stated that they are not responsible for ensuring the safety of students (UMW rape suit dismissal sought), yet those same universities demand that students nonetheless delegate their safety to the university and its police officers (who by the way have a Supreme Court ruling that says that THEY are not responsible for the safety of any one individual, only the public generally)! Nothing against campus police, but the same unfortunate reality applies to them as it does all other police officers - when seconds count between life and death, the police are only minutes away.
Speaking of that, when Virginia Tech was under attack by Cho, guess where a contingency of police went immediately? You guessed it - to protect those in the Ivory Towers! Those in the Ivory Towers should not get any more protection than anyone else - after all, it is their dangerous policies of making people FEEL safe that only end up aiding someone like Cho in his mission of murder.
A SOLUTION - VCDL WILL BE PROTESTING AT A SCHOOL NEAR YOU!
If higher-education won't do the right thing on their own, then VCDL and gun owners statewide need to "nudge" them onto the right path.
How do we do that?
Simple. We hit them where it hurts - right in the wallet. With the economy in the dumps, higher-ed is probably not getting the level of donations they are used to and we plan on squeezing them even more.
To that effect, VCDL is preparing a series of campus protests over the next few months. We are having signs, brochures, and stickers made as I write this. We will be on campus educating students and we will be reaching out to alumni to stop donations to the school until they change their policies, however long that takes.
Those protests will be starting in a few weeks.
ALUMNI AND PROSPECTIVE PARENTS - WE NEED SOME QUOTES FROM YOU!
If you are an alumni of the following schools, or are considering sending your son or daughter to one of them, and don't mind your name being published in the pamphlets, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) a one or two sentence quote that we can use in the brochures that we will be handing out on campus:
College of William & Mary
Virginia Commonwealth University
George Mason University
James Madison University
Include in the quote, which university or college you attended. Something like, "As an alumni of XYZ University, I cannot and will not support a school that mindlessly disarms students, faculty, staff, and guests with concealed handgun permits." Please use your own wording.
I will be announcing each protest a week or so before it is held here on VA-ALERT so that we can get a good turnout at each one. We will need people holding signs, handing out brochures, and talking to those with questions. Someone from VCDL leadership will be interfacing with the press.
In the meantime, spread the word far and near. When a university or college asks for money, tell them: NO GUNS? NO FUNDS!
2. JMU student/CHP holder attacked by two robbers, shoots one and the other surrenders
A JMU student shot one of two men attempting to rob him, ending the robbery and putting one criminal in the hospital and the other in jail. It's a small world: Jaime Radtke, who is a neighbor running for the U.S. Senate, told me she knows the student and his family. Apparently the JMU student used a Ruger LCP in .380 ACP to shoot the gun-brandishing criminal. The shot hit the criminal in the leg and the guy folded like a deck of cards. The student was actually surprised that a leg shot from a .380 had so totally incapacitated the bad guy. What he found out later was that the bullet had hit the bad guy in the thigh, ricocheted off the thigh bone and went through both of his testicles! As all of the now wincing male readers of this alert will testify: it was lights out, game over at that point.
The police told the JMU student that both of his assailants were bad news and that it was good that he was armed.
Jaime told me that apparently both bad guys had been on the JMU campus earlier that day (so much for that gun-free zone thing). If the student had been on campus when this dangerous situation had arose, he either might have been murdered if unarmed, or expelled for having the audacity to defend himself.
University gun bans cannot be allowed to stand.
From WHSV.com: Harrisonburg Police Make Arrest in Weekend Shooting Incident
Harrisonburg Police Make Arrest in Weekend Shooting Incident
Police have arrested a male involved with a shooting in Harrisonburg over the weekend.
The Harrisonburg Police Department arrested O'Rondae Jones, 19, of Manassas, Va. Jones has been charged with two counts of brandishing a firearm.
Police report that around 12:30 a.m. Saturday, Jones brandished a gun toward a male victim in the 1400 block of Devon Lane. He was accompanied by George Escobar, 19, of Falls Church,
The victim shot Jones in the upper leg. Jones was taken to Rockingham Memorial Hospital and later transferred to the University of Virginia Medical Center. He has since been released.
Police say the investigation reveals the shooting was made in self-defense and the victim will not face charges.
Jones is currently being held at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail.
Escobar was charged with two counts of giving false identification to law enforcement, unlawful use or injury to telephone lines and obstructing justice. He also had outstanding warrants from Falls Church.
Please join us in this action, if you live in Virginia, are an alumni of one of Virginia's Public Colleges, or are considering sending your son or daughter to one.