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Students for Concealed Carry Forms Charitable Foundation

by Zachary Zalneraitis on December 11, 2014

The nation’s oldest and largest college student Second Amendment advocacy group recently formed a tax-exempt entity.

As of September 10th, 2014, Students for Concealed Carry Foundation (SCCF) became recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public charity, and donations to SCCF are tax-deductible. The sister organization, Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), will remain a separate entity, continuing its focus on legislative advocacy. SCCF’s focus will be to fund high-cost, high-benefit work such as litigation and legal research.

Reid Smith, Director of Development and SCCF board member released a statement to donors outlining the purpose is “to protect the civil rights of legally permitted college students, faculty, and staff who choose to carry concealed firearms on campus; doing so through scholarly research, education of the public, and engaging in legal action when necessary.”

The group plans to do this in part by publishing information in an accessible format which will allow any student or parent to determine the legality of campus carry any college campus in America.

Secondly, the group plans to fund research that will help educate policy makers, college students, and the public at large on campus carry. “Specifically, SCCF will focus on generating educational materials and providing assistance to college students who seek to educate their fellow students, decision makers, and the public through events such as scholarly debates and presentations,” said Smith in the statement.

SCCF also pledges to fund litigation to enforce laws protecting the concealed carry rights of college students. In Regents of the University of Colorado v. Students for Concealed Carrywhich ultimately legalized campus carry in Colorado, the Colorado Supreme Court found that public colleges and universities are not above the law. Smith said that SCCF believes “that laws relevant to that case are mirrored in roughly 25-30 states across the country.”

Over the years, Smith has found that the largest barrier to the college students’ ability to advocate for campus carry in a public forum is college administration. Smith claims the “problem is endemic across the country.”

“I’ve met with campus police chiefs who have threatened academic blackmail against students that participated in SCC protests,” Smith said adding that he’s also met “deans that have threatened to blackball students from graduate programs due to their participation.”

As such, SCCF will seek to educate students on their First Amendment rights, giving them the confidence to properly express their ideas and advocate for campus carry as well as intervene on behalf of the student using legal action if necessary. SCC has been victorious in litigation  against colleges in the past. They’ve worked closely with the Foundation of Individual Rights in Education, (theFIRE.org) and plan to continue that relationship.

Contact:
Crayle Vanest
Director of Public Relations
Students for Concealed Carry Foundation
Crayle.Vanest@concealedcampus.org

Zachary Zalneraitis
Director of Public Relations
Students for Concealed Carry
Zachary.Zalneraitis@concealedcampus.org

Students for Concealed Carry Foundation is a nationwide, non-partisan student organization. The group’s mission is to perform scholarly legal and public policy research, to educate the public concerning issues of civil liberties pertaining to firearms at postsecondary education institutions through conferences and other media, and to engage in legal action when necessary to fulfil these objectives.

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Campus Carry Bill Filed in Florida

by Zachary Zalneraitis on December 10, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Campus Carry Bill Filed in Florida

Representative Greg SteubeTallahassee, Florida – December 10 – Just weeks after a shooting in the Strozier Library at Florida State University left three students injured, a bill has been filed to restore the ability of concealed carry licensees to carry a firearm on college campuses.

Florida Representative Greg Steube filed House Bill 4005 on Monday which would remove college and university facilities from the prohibited places listed in the state’s concealed carry statutes. Should the bill become law, Florida would join Utah, Colorado, Idaho and Mississippi in allowing concealed firearms on campus. The law would go into effect on July 1, 2015.

The bill does not affect the requirements to obtain a concealed weapons and firearms license, including a background check, training course and being at least 21 years of age or a military veteran. Additionally, the bill leaves in place existing prohibitions on concealed carry in elementary and secondary schools, as well as school, college or professional athletic events not related to firearms.

The bill is supported by Students for Concealed Carry and Florida Carry.

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Contact:
Zachary Zalneraitis
Director of Public Relations
Students for Concealed Carry
Zachary.Zalneraitis@concealedcampus.org

Michael Newbern
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Students for Concealed Carry
Michael.Newbern@concealedcampus.org

ABOUT:
Students for Concealed Carry is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization of college students, faculty, staff, parents and concerned citizens who believe that concealed carry licensees should be afforded the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that they enjoy off campus.

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Press Release: Shooting at Florida State University Library

November 20, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Shooting at Florida State University Library Tallahassee, Florida – November 20 – Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and all those affected by the shooting at Florida State University this morning. Thankfully, the excellent police response prevented the incident this morning from being much worse. Remember, there is no […]

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SCC National Conference features Survivors

August 8, 2014

On August 5, 2014 a diverse group gathered at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. for the third Students for Concealed Carry National Conference. College students and faculty, firearms instructors and attorneys, and supporters of all walks of life gathered to discuss the issue of concealed carry on campus. Several panels spoke on topics […]

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​DC Carry Rights Decision

July 29, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ​ Washington, D.C. – July 29, 2014 – ​Students for Concealed Carry is excited to host our third National Conference in Washington D.C. only days after the historic ruling in Palmer v. D.C. overturned the ban on firearms carried outside the home. Until this ruling, the nation’s capital remained one of the largest […]

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Students for Concealed Carry Sues Ohio State University

July 7, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Students for Concealed Carry Sues Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) – July 7, 2014 – This week Students for Concealed Carry Foundation, Inc. filed a lawsuit in Franklin County Common Pleas Court challenging The Ohio State University’s authority to ban lawful possession of firearms by students, faculty, staff, and other affiliates on its […]

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