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Jim Manley on Concealed Carry on Campus

Radio Interview: 1 May 2013

I interviewed Jim Manley on "Concealed Carry on Campus" on 1 May 2013. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.

Many people assume that college campuses are – and should be – gun free zones. Jim Manley explains why concealed carry permit holders should be permitted to carry on campus.

Jim Manley is a Staff Attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation. He received his J.D. from the University of Colorado Law School, where he served as an Associate Editor of the Law Review and President of the Federalist Society. Jim was the lead attorney on the many Mountain States Legal Foundation cases concerning firearms, including Students for Concealed Carry on Campus v. Regents of the University of Colorado, which was a state court challenge to the University's ban on licensed concealed carry on campus.

Tags: Activism, Colorado, Democrats, Firearms, Government, Rights, Self-Defense


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  • Duration: 55:59
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The topics covered in this episode were:
  • What "concealed carry" laws are
  • Where carrying is permitted
  • Gun-free zones, genuine and phony
  • The right to carry concealed and self-defense
  • My experience at CU Boulder being denied the right to carry
  • Jim's litigation for concealed carry on campus
  • The relevant law on concealed carry on campus
  • The results of Jim's case
  • The practical effects of a campus ban of firearms
  • The safety of concealed carry
  • Mixing college students with guns
  • Storing guns on campus
  • Trusting students to identify criminals
  • The effect of firearms on the classroom
  • CSU's support for students carrrying concealed
  • Mass shootings on campus
  • Allowing firearms in K-12 government schools
  • Universal background checks
  • How to support Jim's work
  • Jim's firearm of choice

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I'm Dr. Diana Brickell (formerly Diana Hsieh). I'm a philosopher, and I've long specialized in the application of rational principles to the challenges of real life. I completed my Ph.D in philosophy from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2009. I retired from work as a public intellectual in 2015.

From September 2009 to September 2015, I produced a radio show and podcast, Philosophy in Action Radio. In the primary show, my co-host Greg Perkins and I answered questions applying rational principles to the challenges of real life. We broadcast live over the internet on Sunday mornings.

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