6 States Consider Bills to Allow Guns on College Campuses

A bill that would permit firearms to be carried on college campuses has been introduced into the Florida legislator by State Sen. Greg Evers. Florida currently prohibits concealed weapons on all school campuses.

The bill would not allow weapons on K-12 campuses, Ocala.com reports. Evers told the news source that he believed people should be allowed to carry firearms on campus in order to protect themselves. 

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Last month, a Florida State University graduate student was arrested after officers found an AK-47 rifle and a high-powered rifle with a scope in his room, Tallahassee.com reports. William Zimmermann, 29, also had 460 rounds of ammunition. He faces felony charges for possession of firearms on campus.

In Idaho, a law student recently filed a lawsuit against the University of Idaho in regards to its gun policy. 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.

The Arizona Legislature 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, The Arizona Republic reports. 

Similarly, Oklahoma state Sen. Steve Russell recently proposed a bill that would allow anyone with a valid concealed handgun license to carry a weapon on campus, the Associated Press reports.  All 25 public college presidents in the state oppose the bill.

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