State Lawmakers Push To Allow Guns On College Campuses

Posted on October 18, 2011 by

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According to a USA Today article written by Rick Jervis, 14 states throughout the US are pushing bills that allow college students to carry guns while on campus. Meanwhile, 2 states (Washington and Maryland) have introduced bills to prohibit the carrying of guns. However, according to Brenda Bautsch, an education-policy analyst with the National Conference of State Legislatures, there are more bills in favor of the carrying of guns on campuses than opposed.

The emboldened effort to legalize guns on campuses comes on the heels of a ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday that repealed a university gun ban. In that case, a student was suspended from Western Oregon University for possessing a handgun. The court overturned the university’s ban on guns, saying the state university system did not have the authority to prevent students or faculty from carrying weapons on any of its seven universities if they were licensed to do so.

The Colorado Supreme Court is deciding on another case that would allow guns on university campuses. Utah so far is the only state with a law allowing concealed weapons on state campuses, Bautsch says.

This issue has been debated numerous times since the shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007. Some believe the mixture of drugs, alcohol, and guns on some campuses would be a terrible combination. According to the article, 2 Supreme Court decisions on individual gun rights have sparked this debate. Advocates of both sides have spoken up, some declaring that their Second Amendment rights shouldn’t be forfeited and others arguing that the legalization of guns on campuses could cause more shootings like the one at Virginia Tech. No bills have been passed yet.

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