On January 25th, College Insurrection reported that the College Republicans at the University of Toledo were working on a resolution to allow concealed carry on campus.
Brendan Pringle of the YAF blog now reports that the student government at the school has undermined the initiative.
Popular Concealed Carry Measure Undermined by Student Government
The state of Ohio does not allow concealed carry in its public universities, but that is not stopping a University of Toledo conservative club from making it an issue of debate.
The club proposed that the university issue a resolution that endorsed changing state law to allow concealed carry on college campuses, and took their fight to the student senate for a vote.
After a heated meeting, the University of Toledo Student Senate decided to delay their vote on the resolution by two weeks. They reasoned that this would give enough time for a campus-wide survey about the issue in order to better gauge student opinion on concealed carry.
In response, the club organized an empty holster protest, and many non-club members reportedly joined in the movement.
The reaction was extraordinary. Just over 25 percent of the student population participated in the survey, and of those students, about 49 percent supported the resolution, 45 percent opposed and 6 percent were neutral.
Despite these results, the student senate voted down the resolution 18-9 through a secret ballot last week.
The meeting began with a statement from the student judiciary council arguing that the resolution was “unconstitutional.”
When asked by the club if it was in violation of the student government constitution, the Ohio State Constitution, or the Federal Constitution, the Justice had no comment and refused to take questions.
Then, University of Toledo health professor Dr. Amy Thompson addressed the senate on why the resolution was a bad idea. Dr. Thompson neglected to disclose the fact that she was formerly a paid, anti-gun lobbyist for the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence.
Popular Concealed Carry Measure Undermined by Student Government (Young Americans for Freedom)