Submission Title

The Chamber of Secrets: Perceptions of Gun Violence and Concealed Carry of College Youth

Presenter Information

Chase Deiglmeier, Gonzaga University

Session Number

RS4

Location

Weyerhaeuser 305

Abstract Number

RS4-c

Abstract

Currently, eight states in the U.S. have enacted legislation allowing concealed carry on public college campuses. Texas is the most recent state to enact such legislation, going into effect August of 2016, allowing legal concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapon on campus. But, the majority of states have handed off the power to ban or allow concealed carry on campuses to each individual university and institution. This power being at the disposal of the institutions themselves raises the following question: What are the beliefs and opinions about firearms and concealed carry at a private Catholic university? In order to investigate this further, a set of questions focusing on the opinions and beliefs of students regarding firearms and concealed carry in today’s society were administered through The General Gonzaga Survey. A total of 515 students started the survey, and 415 students provided enough data to be included in the final data set, for a completion rate of 80.6%.

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The Chamber of Secrets: Perceptions of Gun Violence and Concealed Carry of College Youth

Weyerhaeuser 305

Currently, eight states in the U.S. have enacted legislation allowing concealed carry on public college campuses. Texas is the most recent state to enact such legislation, going into effect August of 2016, allowing legal concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapon on campus. But, the majority of states have handed off the power to ban or allow concealed carry on campuses to each individual university and institution. This power being at the disposal of the institutions themselves raises the following question: What are the beliefs and opinions about firearms and concealed carry at a private Catholic university? In order to investigate this further, a set of questions focusing on the opinions and beliefs of students regarding firearms and concealed carry in today’s society were administered through The General Gonzaga Survey. A total of 515 students started the survey, and 415 students provided enough data to be included in the final data set, for a completion rate of 80.6%.