About Us

Portland State University Students for Concealed Carry (PSUSCC) believes that self-defense is a universal human right.  We also believe that so-called "Gun-Free Zones" offer entrants nothing but the illusion of safety and security.  Signs and policies declaring an area to be a Gun-Free Zone either discourages or makes it unlawful for properly licensed individuals to defend themselves with a concealed firearm.  This not only emboldens a violent criminal, but assures them that they will face no resistance that would thwart their violent goals.  Gun Free Zones are nothing more than easy killing zones.

Those that have a Concealed Handgun License (CHL) choose the best possible tool for self-defense when non-lethal options fail.  We are a student group that is officially recognized by Portland State University through SALP

Our goals are:
  • Show new and inexperienced shooters the challenging, fun, and safe sport of target shooting.
  • Teach firearm safety and proper maintenance.
  • Bring awareness to the importance of the Second Amendment; inform PSU community members of their rights.
  • Change perceptions of who is and what it means to be a gun owner.
PSUSCC started on October 1, 2015 on the same day the mass shooting took place at UCC in Roseburg, Oregon.  All of us were horrified to learn that the mass shooter slowly and methodically executed fellow students one-by-one.  What if a student or professor had a concealed handgun?  It turns out there was a student on the UCC campus, 100 yards away in another building, that was carrying a concealed firearm on the day of the massacre.  What if the shooter had entered or started in John Parker's classroom?  John Parker did exactly what he needed to do to keep himself and his fellow students safe:  he drew his firearm and took up position in case the mass shooter had entered the classroom. What if Chris Mintz, the hero who not only tackled the mass shooter but also took multiple gunshot wounds, had a concealed firearm instead?  Things could have been very different indeed.  Though a concealed handgun does not guarantee success, it does put the odds in one's favor.  We know this to be the case because good people with firearms have stopped mass shootings before (Appalachian School of Law shooting, Uber driver with a concealed firearm stops mass shooting).  There are thousands of more examples of defensive gun uses to stop crime all across this country. 

PSUSCC is not a vigilante group. Members are not, nor aspire to be, this guy:

Bruce Willis -- Die Hard

                    (Bruce Willis -- Die Hard)

Self-defense with a concealed firearm is a last resort when all other non-lethal options have failed.  Those with the Concealed Handgun License are fully aware of this because they had to take a class, and one of the components in that class were the laws on deadly force.

Basic info about PSU Students for Concealed Carry
  • We do not endorse students, faculty or staff to carry on campus.  Currently PSU has a no firearm policy, even for those who have a Concealed Handgun License (CHL).  Though not illegal and no charges would be filed, a student or employee found to be carrying may face disciplinary action within the University.  PSU Students for Concealed Carry will not ask whether members are carrying a concealed firearm on campus.  Carrying a concealed firearm is a personal choice.  Be aware of state law at all times.  Be aware of PSU's no firearm policy.
  • The group is open to all current students, alumni, faculty, staff, and to the general public without regard to age, sex, race, color, religious belief, sexual orientation, political affiliation, national origin or disability. Discrimination and bigotry will not be tolerated.
  • We are interested in learning about safe firearm handling & gun safety.
  • We welcome everyone who believes in the right to self-defense and the second amendment, whether or not they have a concealed carry license. People who don't carry a concealed handgun or want to are welcome to join us.
  • Never shot a firearm but want to learn? We organize safe, fun events at local gun ranges.
  • Our vision is to see more women, LGBTQ, and minorities exercising their Second Amendment right. These groups are statistically more likely to need a firearm for self-protection.
  • Contact scc@pdx.edu for more information.