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American Scholarly Societies Joint Statement on “Campus Carry” Legislation

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December 1, 2015

The American Anthropological Association 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 an anthropological perspective to the debate.

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

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