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AFS Joins Other Scholarly Societies to Oppose “Campus Carry” Legislation

Monday, November 30, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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The American Folklore Society joins our colleagues in 28 other scholarly societies in opposing legislation designed to facilitate the carrying of guns on college campuses. We encourage our members in any state considering such legislation to bring the perspectives of folklorists and educators to the debate on this issue.

American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on “Campus Carry” Legislation


The undersigned learned societies are deeply concerned about the impact of Texas’s new Campus Carry law on freedom of expression in Texas universities. The law, which was passed earlier this year and takes effect in 2016, allows licensed handgun carriers to bring concealed handguns into buildings on Texas campuses. Our societies are concerned that the Campus Carry law and similar laws in other states introduce serious safety threats on college campuses with a resulting harmful effect on students and professors.


American Academy of Religion

American Anthropological Association
American Antiquarian Society
American Association for the History of Medicine
American Folklore Society
American Historical Association
American Musicological Society
American Philosophical Association
American Political Science Association
American Studies Association
American Society for Aesthetics
American Society for Environmental History
American Sociological Association
Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Association of American Geographers
College Art Association
Latin American Studies Association
Law and Society Association
Medieval Academy of America
Middle East Studies Association
Modern Language Association
National Communication Association
National Council on Public History
Oral History Association
Society for American Music
Society of Architectural Historians
Society of Biblical Literature
Society for Ethnomusicology
World History Association

Shortly after the joint statement was released on Monday, November 30, Inside Higher Ed published the following article:

"29 Scholarly Societies' Statement on 'Campus Carry.'" Inside Higher Ed, December 1, 2015: https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/12/01/29-scholarly-societies-statement-campus-carry?utm_source=Inside+Higher+Ed&utm_campaign=c5662ad611-DNU20151201&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_1fcbc04421-c5662ad611-197496485#.Vl2SC1G0tiA.mailto



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