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Six States Consider Allowing Guns On College Campuses

February 03, 2011  | 

Proposed laws in Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas would bring new gun rights to students, teachers and others who attend college campuses.

In Florida, lawmakers are considering a bill introduced by State Sen. Greg Evers that would allow firearms to be carried openly on college campuses by those who have concealed carry permits. The state currently prohibits concealed carry on school campuses.

Evers bill would not apply to K-12 campuses, reports. The state lawmaker has said he believes people should be allowed to carry firearms on campus for self protection. 

In Idaho, a law student recently filed a lawsuit against the University of Idaho to overturn its gun ban. Currently, the university does not allow guns in student housing. However, firearms may be stored at the Police Campus Substation, Politics Daily reports.

Lawmakers in Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas, Nebraska and New Mexico have also introduced bills that would allow concealed weapons on college campuses.

Arizona is considering several new gun laws, including a "Firearms Omnibus" bill that would make Arizona the second state in the nation to require universities and communities to allow guns on campus, reports The Arizona Republic

In Oklahoma, state Sen. Steve Russell recently proposed a bill that would allow concealed handgun permit holders to carry a weapon on campus, reports the Associated Press. The state's 25 public college presidents have lined up against the bill.


Arizona Law Would Allow Guns On Campus

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John Wilson @ 2/3/2011 8:17 AM

I strongly urge that police officers back the proposals to allow concealed weapons permit holders to carry on college campuses. I have worked with Universities around the country from time to time and found that there are too many isolated areas where harm can be done and too few campus police officers to patrol the grounds.

In addition, I urge Campus Police Chiefs to include training for their officers on how to approach any subject believed to have or not have a weapon on his/her person. The officer must remember, there is always a gun on scene. (His/Hers) and must take steps to protect it.

University Presidents must be educated on the need for this law due to the incapacity of their departments to provide adequate service to the student body 24/7

Senseless shooting like Virginia tech could have been contained or prevented if a law abiding citizen with a concealed weapons permit was able to confront the shooter and stop him from continuing his rage. Think of the lives that could have been saved in the time it took for police to arrive on the scene.

All States should consider this legislation and keep the safety of the Law Abiding citizen in mind at all times.

garry shepard @ 2/3/2011 9:02 AM

I don't think that's a good I idea for one its dangerous for the fact that when problems occur between students then they will try to solve their issues wit a gun also without military or law enforcement training the problem will bcause of lack of discipline.o
Only a selected few bcause u will have a problem if everyone tries to b a hero

mini28 @ 2/3/2011 6:47 PM

I think this is a good idea. Maybe the crap that happened would not have. Some law abiding student or some teacher that's not a pacifist could stop any further violence if it occurs. The training should be mandatory for anyone considering to carry. Like I've heard many times over. "An armed society is a polite society". All of my brothers and sisters out there, be safe.

cdswanson @ 2/4/2011 5:40 AM

I still do not understand where it became acceptable that someone on a college campus does not have the same Constitutional protections as someone who is just walking by. When did persons on campus waive their right to protect themselves?

John Holliday @ 2/4/2011 5:48 AM

As a police officer of many years, who has been a firearms instructor for over 10 years, I think it's a Great idea.

Training is required for permit holders, and I have never had any problems with any of them that carry with a permit.

Criminals and deviant type people don't obey the laws, so "gun Free Zones" are really just Free Kill Zones., full of victims.

I've dealt with Several violent criminals, and while most of the public are good people, all it takes is ONE violent criminal to kill Many.

Let's get rid of the Feel Good Laws, that just make people say: "I never thought that would happen here", because it can happen Anywhere and it Does. I grew up with guns and I never thought about shooting anyone, just because that got me Mad. Our Courts need to quit putting violent criminals back on the streets, for us to arrest over and over, until they manage to kill someone.

Morning Eagle @ 2/4/2011 9:28 AM

It is an indisputable fact proven by years of studies and experience that violent crime rates are significantly lower where law abiding citizens are "allowed" to exercise their RIGHT to carry firearms. But since when have facts deterred the anti-gun crowd? They have promoted the scare tactic wild-west shootout scenario for so long now that many people buy into it even though it has yet to occur anywhere. They have also successfully demonized the gun itself and convinced many that anyone who wants to carry one is some kind of dangerous whacko while ignoring the fact that less than one percent of carry permit holders are ever involved in the commission of crimes with firearms. Criminals by definition do not obey the laws, including those that prohibit the carrying of firearms and any place they can expect that law abiding people will not be armed because of so many feel-good bans is simply viewed as a target rich environment. That has also been proven over and over by the death and wounding of people that could not defend themselves or others around them in schools, on college campuses, and many other places as well. So why is this so difficult to figure this out? People who use common sense and logic instead of knee-jerk reactions based on the pervasive anti-gun atmosphere that has been created do not seem to have any trouble getting it. I was a certified police combat firearms instructor for handguns, rifles and shotguns for over ten years and I cannot imagine any legitimate CCW instructor failing to put strong emphasis on safety and the responsibility that goes along with carrying a firearm. Anyone old enough to go through the required training to get a permit and also go to college can certainly understand that. I don’t think open carry should be prohibited but on the other hand I don’t think it is a particularly sensible thing to do given the panic that ensues at the mere sight of a gun.

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