An assistant professor at the University of Utah created and distributed a “weapons policy” that sought to segregate students who exercise their Second Amendment rights from the rest of class, as reported by Campus Reform. The policy was meant to restrict students’ right to bear arms to a “Second Amendment Zone” as well as harass and ostracized the students who choose to exercise their right to carry.
The zone was a 3×3 square with no desks because “desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor.”
Concealed carry is when someone carries a firearm (almost always a pistol or revolver) on them that is not exposed. Often times this includes an inside the waistband holster or a holster somewhere on the body that is covered by clothing. The statement did not explain how student’s psychological and physical safety was threatened by a peer carrying a concealed, legal gun, which they would otherwise be unaware of.
The professor cited the university’s restrictions on certains elements of free speech to justify creating a Second Amendment Zone. They university was made aware of the issue once a student shared the policy with Utah State Representative Karianne Lisonbee. According to Campus Reform, the university said they determined that the policy “violated both state law and university policy.”
The university also stated that the graduate student apologized, received training on university policy, and will not be teaching for the semester.
The full statement given to students reads:
“Concealed carry is protected under your second amendment rights! However, because the University of Utah reserves the right to restrict elements of the first amendment on campus to specifically sanctioned ‘free speech zones’ I am reserving the right to restrict elements of the second amendment in my own classroom. If you feel that it is somehow at all appropriate to bring a gun to class (hint: it is not—this is absurd, antisocial, and frightening behavior), you are restricted to spending your time in class in my ‘second amendment zone’ a 3×3 taped square on the floor in the very back of the classroom, that will be shared with all other gun carriers,” the policy elaborates. “This zone also does not include a desk, because desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor.”
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