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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus Endorses Michigan House Bill 5474

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LANSING, October 21, 2009 – The leading advocate in the fight for extending self-defense rights to college campuses endorsed Michigan Bill 5474 on Wednesday. The bill, introduced by Rep. Wayne Schmidt and supported by 25 co-sponsors, clarifies the authority of college campuses in Michigan to regulate the rights of its members.

“All this does is tell colleges they can’t deprive a citizen of the state-recognized right to self-defense,” said David Burnett, a spokesman for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. “It means if the state says it’s okay to carry a gun for your own protection, the college can’t step in and say you can’t.”

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (www.ConcealedCampus.org) has over 41,000 supporters and has prompted legislation in more than 20 states in the past two years.

Michigan State University, the premiere college in the state, recently revised its policy to comply with the law after conflicts with law enforcement refusing to cite citizens for lawful possession of firearms on campus. The state presently allows citizens over 21 to carry a concealed firearm if they have no prior record of felony convictions, drug or alcohol abuse, or mental illness, and have passed a gun safety course.

Opponents of the bill claim allowing concealed carry everywhere on campus would increase the likelihood of campus violence. However, the bill would not alter current state law, which prohibits concealed carry on dormitories, stadiums and classrooms. Colleges in Utah and Colorado already allow concealed carry on campus, with no reported surge in violence, and schools in Arizona and South Carolina which recently began allowing citizens to keep firearms in locked cars have not reported an increase in confrontations.

“Whether facing madman with a gun on campus, or a lone female student on her way back from the library, students, faculty or staff of a college who are authorized by the state to carry shouldn’t be deprived of that right just because they’re on campus,” said Burnett.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

David Burnett – Director of Public Relations

David.Burnett@concealedcampus.org

http://www.ConcealedCampus.com


 

Coming Soon: Defense Education Week

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Mark your calenders in November 2009 and prepare to renew efforts to give students, faculty and staff a fighting chance on campus!

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus will be announcing details about Defense Education Week soon, so stay tuned!


 

Proposed Michigan Law Would Allow Concealed Carry on Campus

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Senator Randy Richardville introduced a bill to the Michigan state legislature which would remove college dorms and classrooms from the list of banned locations from concealed carry.

Click here to read the text of Senate Bill 747

Click here to read Senator Richardville’s statement.


 

Firearms in Cars Now Legal on South Carolina Campuses

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Effective July 2, 2009, citizens possessing a permit to carry in South Carolina are allowed to maintain a firearm in their cars.

Specifically, the bill states that guns on campus are permitted by those “authorized to carry a concealed weapon … when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.”

Bill’s text here.


 

BRADY CAMPAIGN’S SCCC CLAIMS: LOADED AND INACCURATE

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The Brady Campaign claimed Tuesday, July 8, 2009, the NRA and SCCC failed miserably with their attempts to pass legislation that would allow trained, licensed, adults the ability to carry concealed handguns on college campuses.  Contrary to this claim, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus achieved significant success in multiple states throughout the past year, and momentum continues favorably.

The Brady Campaign argues lawmakers were attempting to force colleges and universities to allow students to take loaded, hidden handguns into classrooms.  This emotional claim deviates from the fact that proposed legislation would have only lifted the current ban on concealed handgun license holders on college campuses.  Not a single piece of proposed legislation would have forced anyone to carry a concealed handgun on a college campus.  The only enforcement individuals currently have is that of being defenseless in the event of an attack on a college campus.

Legislation was introduced in 13 states during the last legislative session, receiving wide support from both Republicans and Democrats.  Those states include Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

The most notable success stories have been seen in Arizona, Missouri, North Dakota, Texas and Michigan.

Arizona HB2349 passed the Senate, but was pulled by the author to work out concerns with other lawmakers before the next session.  Missouri HB645 was amended in to HB668, which then overwhelmingly passed the House with 105 votes for and 50 votes against.  HB668 died in the Senate committee.  North Dakota HB1348 passed the House and ended up with 23 votes for and 23 votes against in the Senate.  Texas SB1164 passed the Senate but never made it to the House floor for a vote due to the Democratic filibuster which resulted in hundreds of bills being killed.  SB1164 bill was expected to pass the House because a majority of representatives were already signed on as sponsors to the identical House version, HB1893.

Success was established at Michigan State University, without any legislative action.  Although guns remain prohibited from Michigan State University dorms, classrooms and sports stadiums, those with concealed weapons permits now can carry a firearm through campus, following a MSU Board of Trustees vote June 20, 2008.

SCCC understands the legislative process and recognizes the persistence it takes to pass legislation in multiple states.  Although The Brady Campaign depicts nationwide efforts by SCCC and the NRA as a miserable failure, SCCC recognizes the hurdles crossed and will continue to prepare for legislative sessions to follow.  An overview of the concealed carry movement reveals that it took roughly ten years for states to pass legislation before the idea became a trend throughout other states.  The progress SCCC has made in just over two years exceeds even the early advances of the original concealed carry movement.

For more information contact Katie Kasprzak at Katie.Kasprzak@ConcealedCampus.org.

ABOUT STUDENTS FOR CONCEALED CARRY ON CAMPUS – Students for Concealed Carry on Campus is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprised of over 40,000 college students, college faculty members, parents of college students, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of concealed handgun permits should enjoy the same rights on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else.  SCCC is dedicated to persuading state governments and school administrators to approve laws and campus policies that will grant all citizens with concealed handgun licenses the right to carry their concealed handguns on college campuses.  SCCC is not affiliated with the NRA, a political party, or any other organization.