Should colleges reveal when there’s a gun crime on campus?

downloadRep.  Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) will introduce a bill today that will require colleges to reveal when crimes with guns have been committed with a gun.

Honestly, why isn’t this the case already?


One response to “Should colleges reveal when there’s a gun crime on campus?

  1. It appears The Clery Act, looking at some guidelines here (PDF) from the Texas A&M University Police Department, does, in fact, mandate reporting of weapons law violations:

    Weapon Law Violation: The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.

    The use of a weapon in commission of a crime is usually defined as a crime itself. (Example) So…if WaPo is accurate in its reporting of Ellison’s “Campus Gun Policy Transparency Act,” (I can’t find any verification on that, WaPo doesn’t supply any, and Ellison’s quote only speaks to the reporting of gun policy), and accurate in its reporting of Clery Act exemptions, (which appears questionable), that would mean that such universities responsible to The Clery Act have found some way around the weapons violation reporting mandate. Or they may be underreporting. which has been a problem with other crimes in the past. (When the Clery Act was updated in 2013 with the reauthorization of the updated Violence Against Women Act, it’s my understanding that more oversight was part of the package.) Or there may be some misunderstanding.

    None of that would be out of the realm of possibility. But I’m more inclined to believe, at this point, that Ellison’s proposal is more focused on disclosure of gun policy than Clery Act performance by those universities. If universities were generally not in compliance with that particular mandate, I think there would be something in the public record.

    It’s also possible Ellison could be mistaken about university adherence, or lack of it, to Clery Act mandates. He’s been wrong before.

    But we can’t really tell until the “Campus Gun Policy Transparency Act” gets introduced and made part of the public record. Sometime today. Maybe.

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