The Ethics of ‘Gun-Free Zones’


I argue that location-specific gun bans (commonly known as gun-free
zones^) are typically unjust.
If there is a right to carry firearms outside of one’s home, then the state cannot prohibit gun owners from carrying their firearms into certain areas without assuming a special duty of protecting those whom it coercively disarms.
This task is practically impossible in most of the areas where guns are commonly banned.
Gun owners should therefore be allowed to carry their guns in most public places, including college campuses.

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