Incidents on College Campuses that Allow Campus Carry

Legislation has recently been introduced in Tennessee that would allow students with gun permits to carry firearms on the campus of any public college or university, including in residence halls, classrooms, offices, fraternity houses, cafeterias, and athletic facilities. In 2016, the Tennessee legislature passed a law to allow faculty and full-time employees with permits to carry guns on campus, although the bill was amended to exclude the carry of guns in residence halls, tenure meetings, or athletic events. The 2020 bill contains no such exclusions.

There is no data suggesting that allowing guns on campus makes them safer. There is no data suggesting that allowing students to keep guns in their dorm rooms or classrooms would prevent violent crimes from happening. In fact, the rates of violent crime on college campuses is a fraction of what it is off college campuses.

Below is a list of firearm-related incidents on campuses that allow some form (faculty or faculty and students) of campus carry:


Colorado University – Denver – November 15, 2012.
A CU-Denver staff member with a concealed carry permit accidentally shot herself and wounded another person while trying to unjam her gun.

University of Northern Colorado – August 20, 2016
A male was found dead in a campus parking lot with a self-inflicted gunshot wound

Fort Collins Community College – December 13, 2017
A 26-year-old female student pulled a loaded gun on her professor after he confronted her about cheating.


University of North Florida – September 1, 2017
An 18 year old track team member was arrested for discharging a firearm in a campus dorm room.

Florida Memorial University – November 25, 2019

Two men were killed after a shootout on the campus of Florida Memorial University


University of Georgia – December 12, 2017
A 30 year-old-student bus driver, with a carry license, left a holstered semiautomatic handgun in a dormitory men’s restroom.

University of Georgia – March 3, 2018
A 21 year old student with a concealed carry license left her loaded gun at a UGA bus stop.

Kennesaw State University – August 29, 2018
A KSU student experiencing a mental health crisis was found on campus with a gun threatening to kill people.

Gordon State University – November 1, 2018
A man was carrying a firearm and marijuana outside a dorm. An observant security guarded noticed this and called the police.

Savannah State University – May 7, 2019
A Savannah State University student was shot and wounded in a residential hall on campus


Idaho State University – September 2, 2014
A professor accidentally shot himself in the foot during class. He had a valid concealed carry permit and the gun was in his pants pocket.

University of Idaho – July 3, 2017
A man shot and killed himself in the Arboretum


Wichita State University – July 14, 2017
A university employee found a handgun in the restroom of a campus building.

Wichita State University – August 19, 2017
On move-in day, a student found a backpack with a knife, magazines, and ammunition.

University of Kansas – September 5, 2017
A loaded revolver was found in the men’s restroom. The weapon had originally been reported stolen from another building on campus.

University of Kansas – October 3, 2017
20 shell casings were found outside Strong Hall. Police believe that they were left to make a statement.

University of Kansas – August 21, 2018
A loaded magazine was found in a west campus parking lot.

University of Kansas Hospital – December 3, 2018
A man who had been shot drove himself to the hospital and outside the entrance was shot again by the suspect. The suspect then shot himself. Both died at the scene.


Delta State University – September 14, 2015
A professor was shot and killed on campus by another faculty member over a domestic dispute.

University of Southern Mississippi – May, 2013
A 22-year-old student with a concealed carry permit accidentally shot himself in the leg while sitting in his car.


Umpqua Community College – October 1, 2015
A 23 year old gunman killed 10 and wounded 7 before being shot and killed by a police officer.


Tennessee State University – September 5, 2017
A 19 year old former student was shot and injured in the parking lot of a campus dorm.


Tarleton State University – September 15, 2016
A concealed carry permit holder accidentally discharged his firearm in his dorm room.

Texas A&M University – September 1, 2017
A LTC holder negligently discharged his firearm in his dorm room while showing the weapon to his friend.

Texas Tech University – October 9, 2017
A 19 year old student shot and killed a police officer at the police department after he was brought in for a welfare check.

Texarkana Community College – November 10, 2017
A 22-year-old male student accidentally shot himself in the knee while showing his friend the gun in a parked car on campus.

University of Texas at Austin – February 20, 2018
A loaded handgun was left in the women’s restroom by a visitor at Pickle Research Center.

University of Texas at Austin – February 20, 2018
A loaded handgun was left in McCombs by a student with a concealed handgun license.

Texas A&M University – February 3, 2020
Two women were fatally shot and a toddler was injured in a residence hall. 


Weber State University – January 5, 2012
A 24-year-old student with a concealed carry permit accidentally shot himself in the leg while his gun discharged in his pants pocket.

Utah State University – October 15, 2014
A visiting scholar had to cancel her lecture after receiving death threats and after the school said they could not provide metal detectors at the entrance due to their campus carry laws.

Utah Valley University – May 10, 2015
Two police cadets were walking to a gun safety class on campus when there was an accidental discharge injuring one of the cadets.

University of Utah – Dec. 29, 2016
A 25 year old man shot and killed his 23 year old wife in a campus parking lot before shooting himself.

Utah Valley University – April 25, 2017
A student who had a valid concealed carry permit accidentally discharged his gun in his book back in the food court on campus.

Thanks to the Campaign to Keep Guns of Campus for compiling this data