The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette explores the confusion about whether rules barring guns on Pennsylvania college campuses have changed. In a debate about personal safety and Second Amendment rights that is hot with emotion, a university can face anger no matter what it says. So some of Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities — under pressure to end campuswide firearms bans — are choosing their words carefully on the matter.
The State System of Higher Education’s attorneys set the changes in motion last year by advising schools that campuswide gun bans were not legally enforceable. The lawyers acted after individuals, including at least one student, questioned existing campus rules. A spokesman said policies still forbid firearms in campus buildings or at university events and are intended “to the extent possible under the law to keep guns off campus.” Yet Edinboro, California University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock University, Lock Haven, Millersville, Shippensburg and Kutztown recently amended their policies, though few knew about it until now.