Protesters with Firearms Likely Outside of CNN Event on Thursday

Posted: January 7, 2016 at 9:01 am

Dear Patriots,

CNN is hosting an invitation-only event with President Barack Obama on gun violence Thursday, Jan. 7 in the Johnson Center.

Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, we will likely see protesters on campus—some of whom may be carrying weapons.

Please be advised that it is lawful to carry firearms in Virginia, and this includes at public outdoor spaces on our campus. University Police is aware of this and will have officers present to ensure that all protesters remain law-abiding and maintain the safety and well-being of Mason’s faculty, students and staff.

Please know that university policy prohibits Mason students, faculty and staff from carrying weapons anywhere on campus. And no one outside of law enforcement is permitted to bring weapons into Mason buildings, not even gun owners with legal permits. 

Learn more about Mason policy regarding weapons on campus.  

If you have questions or concerns, please call the Mason Police Department at 703-993-2810.


Thomas Longo

Interim Chief of Police