More Republicans should be introducing legislation like this. Even if it doesn’t pass, it forces people to think about the issue.
Celia Bigelow of Breitbart reports.
Indiana Legislator Pushes Bill to Allow Concealed Carry on Campuses
State Senator Jim Banks (R -IN) introduced a bold bill in the Indiana General Assembly back in January that has higher education administrators and liberal professors in a tizzy. Though the bill seems to have little chance of passing, it would require public Indiana campuses to allow students to conceal carry.
More than 370 college presidents across the country have signed an open letter urging Congress and other lawmakers to take action on gun-control measures, and opposing legislation that would allow conceal carry on campus. Three additional Indiana college presidents have signed the letter in the wake of the Indiana legislation.
“As a group, we do not oppose gun ownership. But, in many of our states, legislation has been introduced or passed that would allow gun possession on college campuses,” the letter states. “We oppose such laws.”
Though the bill was introduced in a short time after the mass shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, Banks said this isn’t the primary reason for introducing the bill. Rather, the bill was introduced after hearing the concerns of many students on college campuses who want to adequately defend themselves from the dangers surrounding them.
“Many female students who want to carry for their own protection, some of them have personal situations that they have told me about that cause them to take a very personal and emotional stance on this issue,” Banks told USA Today. “It’s a matter of protecting themselves, and I take that very seriously.”
Indiana Legislator Pushes Bill to Allow Concealed Carry on Campuses (Breitbart.com)