University of Kansas professor publicly resigns over campus carry law
By Christen Smith
Jacob Dorman, former associate professor of history and American studies at the University of Kansas. (Photo: Twitter)
A University of Kansas professor publicly resigned earlier this month over his state’s impending campus carry law.
Associate Professor Jake Dorman, who taught history and American studies at the Lawrence campus for a decade, published his resignation letter May 5 in the Topeka Capital-Journal, in which he claims “Kansas can have great universities, or it can have concealed carry in classrooms, but it cannot have both.”
Kansas enacted a law in 2013 allowing guns in public buildings, but colleges were among the few places granted a four-year exemption, set to expire on July 1.
Since then, universities have adopted policies for carrying weapons on campus, including provisions requiring owners to keep the gun in their possession at all times, chamber empty and safety on.
Five states permit concealed carry on college campuses: Idaho, Utah, Colorado, Tennessee and Texas. Universities in Kansas, Oregon, Mississippi, Arkansas and Wisconsin also allow concealed weapons, but restrict where and who can exercise the right.
Dorman argued campus carry laws discourage professors from “progressive” coastal states from applying to teach at Kansas colleges, turning the state’s institutions into “third-rate universities that will not find the