States Consider Campus Carry Legislation

In Florida, a controversial bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses stalled in the state's Senate for the second year in a row, reported The Tampa Bay Times.

"I don't think this is a Second Amendment issue,'' said Senator Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, Republican head of the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I think what we're talking about here is campus safety and the best way to address that issue and whether the proposed cure is worse than the disease."

The issue has come to the national forefront in recent years as lawmakers in numerous states consider campus carry legislation. According to a recent report by the Education Commission of the States and Naspa – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, nine states have allowed concealed-firearm carriers to bring guns on campuses, while 21 other states have effectively banned them. Eight other campuses have banned concealed firearms but allow them to be stored in locked vehicles.

The report also examines legislation that was considered in 2015. It found that, of the 16 states that considered campus-gun bills, only Texas – which will allow guns on campuses – and California – which bans them – enacted new legislation.

 

Related Links

The Tampa Bay Times

http://www.tampabay.com/blogs/the-buzz-florida-politics/senate-chairman-say-bill-to-open-campuses-to-gun-toting-students-is-dead/2262259

Education Commission of the States Press Release

http://www.ecs.org/press-release-guns-on-campus-the-architecture-and-momentum-of-state-policy-action/