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As you could probably tell from the title I have a problem here. I going to be starting school next week and after looking at the schools regulations I found out they do not let students or anyone besides police carry on campus, I'm not even sure if they have an armed security guard. Their plan for an incident of some kind is the whole lockdown thing which as everyone knows is basically locking the door and hoping who ever is out there goes somewhere else. The whole thing of hiding in a corner wonder who will get to you first, the bad guys or the cops doesn't sit well with me.

I dont know really what the best option is here so I'm turning to you guys for some advice. My gun is a little on the big side for normal concealed carry although I do carry it concealed all the time with no problem but I would consider it risky to do so there. I was thinking maybe keep it in the holster on the bottom of my book bag being that it would blend in even if someone saw inside it, its inside is black, holster is black and gun is black. Other than that there is locking it in the car which means it would be useless to me while at school and could be potentially be stolen from a car break in. Leaving it at home is just out of the question.

*side note* its legal to carry a concealed gun on campus if you have your cpl, but if caught at school I would be kicked out and loose my last chance of getting my college education.

So any ideas?
 

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Illegally taking a gun to college is no way to go. you can get involved with like-minded students once enrolled and contribute to the ongoing dialogue about campus-carry. Also look-into permissible non-lethal protection and participate in any campus safety initiatives. Good luck.
 

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"*side note* its legal to carry a concealed gun on campus if you have your cpl, but if caught at school I would be kicked out and loose my last chance of getting my college education."

This is the crux of the problem for most eligible to carry students and a decision I would advise against. While campus shootings do and can take place the good news is that they are rare. Little comfort I know to those who have died in one. I would carry OC spray for one thing. If you have not had any self-defense martial arts type training you might get some. I'm not talking about a 10 year black belt course. There are short hand-to-hand combat courses you can take. Also a good situational awareness avoidance technique course is invaluable.
 

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You have three bottom line options:

1) Carry a gun, and don't get caught doing so.
This means spending time and _thought_ as related to your school specific carry firearm AND auxiliary magazine/speed loader product.
It also means paying same attention to the manner in which you will _on body_ (!) carry these items as throughout your normal and expected, as well as abnormal/unexpected, daily activities.
Begin now practicing and training _at home_ the on body carry of your sidearm and magazine/speed loader. And that does not mean simply wearing a long shirt and checking a mirror to be sure your gun is obscured. There is more to 'deep cover' concealment that.

2) Carry a non-firearm defensive tool such as a blade, improvised weapon and/or OC/CS product, and don't get caught doing so.
There are literally a million different edged weapon options available. A subset of those will work good for concealed carry. An even smaller sub-set of that are specifically designed for deep cover carry & deployment. I'm not talking knives for cutting boxes, tape, and other general purpose use either. This knife should never see light of day and it's blade not ever touch anything but a sharpening stone every so often, as best case scenario.
Another option is to keep and carry, on body as well, an always under all circumstances concealed container of OC/CS aerosol product. Law enforcement size containers (2"+) will be too large for your purposes. There are specialized products out there to address this market. Seek them out and again at home practice.
As to improvised weapons I've made posts on this in the not so long ago past.
Reference my advisory as in this thread from January 2008; http://www.defensivecarry.com/vbulletin/related-gear-equipment/39849-college-protection.html

3) Carry nothing at all and depend on your hand to hand combat skills, if any, along with your natural sense for detection of trouble so as to remove yourself from and/or avoid areas of danger as they occur.
Sign up for a course on H2H that is real world applicable. Not boxing and I know this will be controversial but not wrestling, MMA or Jiu-Jistu either.
Seek out Krav Maga or better yet Combat Krav Maga if you happen to be fortuntate enough to have either near by, and are affordable. If not look into Tae-Kwon Do, Karate, or Aikido. A little bit of knowledge and practice there will go a long way.
Additionally use the school gym to keep your body in some degree of fitness both by cardiovascular and by muscle strength as well as balance.


At the end of the day all three of the above options are choice items that are specific not to just to college students and persons traveling within non-permissive zones. But rather this is every man and every woman related basic stuff that is/should be thought of and addressed by everyone regardless of where they might go to school, work, live or whatever.

BTW you do have a fourth option...

That is the choice to do nothing at all and walk around hoping/praying/assuming/betting that nothing untoward will ever happen to you and that the skis will forever be blue and sunny over head. No need to bring an umbrella or hat because if and when trouble occurs you'll always have your trusty cell phone with full power battery and maximum signal reception so as to dial law enforcement who will respond in 2 seconds or less because one is almost always just around the corner. And when not there are those great see everything CCTV cameras that can record your assault and murder and be a great means to help your family track down the person who maimed or killed you.

So there it is, take your pick.

- Janq

P.S. - I currently live in a five college community to which two university's and a college are amongst my normal weekly activities to visit be it crossing their grounds or specifically going to meet/have meetings with persons at said grounds.
What I do is adapt to the condition as planned or as they occur. In doing so I obey all federal, state, and local laws.
 

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... its legal to carry a concealed gun on campus if you have your cpl, but if caught at school I would be kicked out and loose my last chance of getting my college education.
1. Go to another school, where such expulsion doesn't occur; or

2. Keep your gun off-campus while you're enrolled.

There don't seem to be other options.

You can certainly fight the lunacy behind expulsion, but that could take years, during which time you could be labeled and branded and ejected for being so involved in it. Education's a wonderful thing, sometimes, isn't it? It's just that we often learn something completely other than what we intended. Very often, those can be the more important lessons.
 

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Good info for you above.

I would caution you against carrying a pistol on an unfriendly campus. Yes, you are correct that it is legal here in Washington State, but many colleges have a policy expel you on the spot. Getting expelled is no fun, it is expensive (lost time and tuition), and puts a serious dent in your academic career.

Remember self defense is a mindset- not just a firearm.

The likely-hood of a mass shooter situation is quite small at any particular place and time. Petty thefts, mugging, alcohol related, and rapes are the big dangers on most college campuses. Colleges are required to post statistics on crime. Find a copy and see what sort of things you are likely to face. Then come up with a plan...

cheers!
 

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I got lucky in that my satellite campus did not follow their parent schools pro rape policies. I used a smart carry (think that's what it was called) that looks like a day planner; black zipped up leather or cloth package, you know what they look like. I carried it in my hand when I was walking around, and in class it went into the front pocket of my backpack. It appears that no one ever considered the idea I was carrying around anything other then a day planner.

I know this would be against your schools policy, so I only mention this because I like to share...
 

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If you were to keep the gun at your hip, there'd be a greater chance of having your cover blown eventually.

My first choice would be deep concealment in a SmartCarry. Otherwise, you could try the Safepacker Holster inside your bag. If you keep the gun in your bag, then you need to be hyper-vigilant to have that bag with you at all times.
 

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It depends on the state laws. Here in alabama it is not illegal to carry a concealed weapon on campus but the school bans them from the campus. If that's the case in your state then the most you have to worry about is getting kicked out of school. I personally do not carry at school. I leave it in the car but my campus is very very small
 

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Thanks for the good info so far guys, I think I'm leaning towards just leaving it in my car and buying a lock box, something like these (In Car Gun Safe).

As for OC spray, that is something that I already carry and was planning to keep with me while at school. Its fairly small and fits nicely in my pocket, hell I usually just keep it one my key chain =)

Also someone mentioned a knife and I was also considering that and it would be the perfect excuse to buy that subclaw i've been eyeing for the last month.

Martial Arts is something I would love to do some training but they cost more than I can afford on unemployment. Also, It sounds like it would be a good way to further hurt my already injured arm.
 

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Good info for you above.

I would caution you against carrying a pistol on an unfriendly campus. Yes, you are correct that it is legal here in Washington State, but many colleges have a policy expel you on the spot. Getting expelled is no fun, it is expensive (lost time and tuition), and puts a serious dent in your academic career.

Remember self defense is a mindset- not just a firearm.

The likely-hood of a mass shooter situation is quite small at any particular place and time. Petty thefts, mugging, alcohol related, and rapes are the big dangers on most college campuses. Colleges are required to post statistics on crime. Find a copy and see what sort of things you are likely to face. Then come up with a plan...

cheers!
I had checked the security reports from the school earlier and to be honest it is a fairly safe campus. Its biggest problem seems to be cars getting broken into. Guess I better get that lock box soon :blink:

Also, I know the likelihood of a school shooting is really low but I like to have a plan and be prepared :bier:. There is also the more anoying problem of that I just feel naked without my gun lol, its kinda like forgetting my wallet but that's something I can learn to live with. :king:
 

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I think some of the above advice is questionable. From your question and response, thus far, you appear to have a level head on your shoulders. You know you will not likely brandish a gun around the campus simply because someone cut in line in front of you at the registration counter. Right? :wink: So, the only time you would use your weapon would be in a life-or-death situation. Carrying a gun on your campus in WA is NOT illegal. So, if you are in a life-or-death situation (however rare that might be), you are being advised by some to not carry a gun and follow college policy. That's simply crazy advice! So what if you were expelled by your college after having to use your gun in a life-or-death situation? At least you would be around to enjoy the process of finding another university in which to complete your studies. No college is irreplaceable.

If you lived in a state where carrying on a college campus was illegal, then my advice would not hold. However, you are not in that situation. Carry discretely, practice often at the range, and do not talk about this to anyone at the school. I guarantee you that many of your fellow students (faculty, and staff) are doing similarly. VA Tech has changed this forever.

By the way, I am a university professor.
 

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Remember that nearly everyone in college eventually forgets a bag somewhere or has one stolen. You can't always avoid it - will you bring all your gear with you every time you leave a class to go to the restroom?

I'm currently in school and don't carry - just not worth the risk.
 

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MgoBlue, How was Spain? Missed you at KPDL last week.

I agree with some of the advice given here and I'll add my own. As for force on force nothing will ever be the equalizer that a firearm is. Pepper Spray, Defensive blades, Situational awareness, and Martial arts all have there place but when you are a struggle for your LIFE, nothing will replace that firearm in some situations. My advice is this, carry your side arm and carry it deep when your in class. To the point that there should be 0 chance for your weapon to be revealed on campus. Then when your going out, change to a more quickly accessed carry rig. If you are still uncomfortable at least keep it in your glove box.
 

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For some reason I keep going back and forth on what I think I should do. I back to thinking about in the backpack carry, maybe even wrap it in a black t-shirt on the bottom. that way there is 0% chance of anyone seeing it and I still would have reasonable easy access to it. As for getting my bag stolen, I feel there is more chance of my car getting broke into. Back when I was in school before I learned the ways about not being a sheep, I was still pretty paranoid about leaving my bag unattended and yes, I would even take it to the bathroom with me if I had to go. So if my bag is always in my control I think I would feel pretty comfortable carrying it that way.

Also, I was considering sending an anonymous email asking about licensed people having a concealed gun and explain the proccess a person has to go through to get licensed to carry sense they do not really touch the subject in their rules and whatnot. Would this be a good or bad idea?

I just want to thank everyone again, talking it out really helps with the decision process and figuring out the best way to go about this.
 

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Call the local univeristy police dept, ask to speak to the Chief. Ask the questions that need to be asked, I did.

P.S. I cannot tell you how much I disagree with off body carry. There are just too many reasons and better, safer ways to carry.
 

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For some reason I keep going back and forth on what I think I should do. I back to thinking about in the backpack carry, maybe even wrap it in a black t-shirt on the bottom. that way there is 0% chance of anyone seeing it and I still would have reasonable easy access to it. As for getting my bag stolen, I feel there is more chance of my car getting broke into. Back when I was in school before I learned the ways about not being a sheep, I was still pretty paranoid about leaving my bag unattended and yes, I would even take it to the bathroom with me if I had to go. So if my bag is always in my control I think I would feel pretty comfortable carrying it that way.
That's a pretty big IF, to my way of thinking. That said, the more important question is how fast can you get to your gun (1) if the gun is on the bottom of the pack and/or (2) is the backpack is on your back and not being carried in your hand.

Both of these conditions will require several precious seconds to access the gun, unwrap the T-shirt and get the gun in your hand. I'm betting that condition 1 will take a minimum of 5-8 seconds and condition 2 will add another 5-8 seconds. Can you afford 10-15 seconds before you are actually armed?

Just something to consider ...
 

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You are at least lucky that you have no statutory restriction, but I'll echo what others have said - don't risk getting expelled.

I'd also recommend against off-body carry (like in a backpack), because it's not under your direct control at all times. Besides, a stolen bag or backpack turns from a nuisance into a major incident if you carried a firearm in there.
 

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I'm with the guys who say "don't carry". That being said, if you choose to do so, I want you to be effective and enrolled at the same time. One option, that would not help if the guy happens to start in YOUR classroom, but may be effective if something develops slowly in a mass shooting situation, would be to get a backpack made by Maxpedition. They have a concealed openning on the back, between the pack and your back, where a holster can be velcroed on (think Galco purses). This would not be the quickest, but is pretty inconspicuous on a college campus.

Good luck with the degree, don't get caught.
 

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The school I recently graduated from is part of the Oregon University System. Per OUS policy, there is a gun-free "rule". Carry on campus is LEGAL with a CHL.

My gun was in my possession and under my direct control at all times when I was on campus. Concealed means concealed. I was never made. I never needed to expose it.

The point is, I did not feel that the school was capable of providing for my physical safety. Campus security was grossly understaffed and completely unarmed. It was a personal choice that I did not make lightly, but I felt the potential need was worth the risk.

Side note: The Oregon Firearm Federation is currently challenging the OUSs policy in court on behalf of Jeff Maxwell, a 30-year-old Marine veteran who was expelled from Western Oregon University for legally carrying his firearm with a CHL. They filed a " Petition for Judicial Determination of Validity of Rule" on August 7th. The rule has also been confirmed to be illegal by the Oregon Attorney General and multiple members of the Legislature
 
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