A View From The Campaign – March Newsletter: Guns On Campus Passes in WV, 8 More State Fights, MSU Tragedy and More
From the Executive Director
Hello and welcome to our March Newsletter:
Much is happening on the legislative front, as The Campaign is fighting campus bills in a number of states (more below). Unfortunately, after working for nearly 6 weeks with a courageous group of students and faculty, Gov. Justice signed guns on campus legislation in West Virginia. We were very disappointed with the result, especially since we worked with stakeholders back in 2019 to successfully defeat a similar bill. You can read our press statement below.
While dealing with the West Virginia defeat, we are simutaneously hard at work opposing guns on campus bills in the following states: Arizona, Idaho, Kentucky, New York, Tennessee, and Wyoming. If you live in one of these states, please take the appropriate action below to stop these bills.
The Campaign is also supporting our colleagues in Florida to oppose legislation that would eliminate the need for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public. 25 states have already eliminated this type of permit and Florida could be next. Plans are under way for a major protest in St. Petersburg on March 16th in which The Campaign is helping organize.
On the Federal level, we continue to organize in support of the Federal Ban on Assault Weapons and High-Capacity Magazines, along with Ethan’s Law – requiring safe gun storage. You can take action below.
This month we will mark Women’s History Month on social media. Look for our posts in the middle of the month.
West Virginia – Governor Signs Guns On Campus Bill
After a well fought fight including opposition to the bill by students, faculty, staff and even several higher education presidents, Governor Justice signed SB 10 into law – allowing just about anyone to have a gun on public college and university campuses, in their buildings and in their dorms. The Campaign is reviewing our options for further action to stop this wrong headed policy.
HB 543 / SB 150 is ready for voting by the full membership in both houses. This legislation does many things including eliminating the permitting system for concealed handguns and expanding the Guardian Program to private schools. Floridians, please consider joining us by checking out this Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/907863417207397/?ref=newsfeed
In 2014, Idaho signed legislation to allow the carrying of concealed handguns in many locations on public college and universities spaces. However, the law also allowed for exclusion zones (gun free locations).
SB 1008 would remove the ability of higher education entities from prohibiting guns at all.
(HB 977) will change current state law and allow those as young as 18 (with a special permit) to carry loaded, concealed handguns on public 2 & 4 year campuses. The Senate version died in committee but the House bill is being amended.