From Coast to Coast, State Lawmakers Categorically Reject Forcing Guns Onto College Campuses
Gun Lobby Loses 34 Bills in 22 States in Three Years;
NRA's Agenda to Hijack Universities' Authority to Keep Deadly Weapons Off Campuses Squashed In Red States Such As Texas;
Many Students To Shift Focus to Closing Gun Show Loophole
All told, 34 independent efforts by the National Rifle Association and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus to pass guns-on-campus bills in 22 different states in the aftermath of the
But in fact, it was the students whose voices ultimately prevailed in convincing legislators to reject guns on campus nationwide.
Now that most legislatures have closed, some of the students say they'll help join the fight to protect their colleges from one of the worst sources of gun violence: the unregulated sales of firearms at America's gun shows.
The gun show loophole allows people who are not federally licensed gun dealers to sell firearms, at gun shows or literally out of the trunk of their car, without requiring buyers to pass a federal Brady criminal background check to determine if they are prohibited from purchasing guns. Thirty-three states allow such sales without a Brady check by so-called private sellers.
One of the key recommendations of the Virginia Tech Review Panel was to require background checks on all firearm sales, including those at gun shows. The panel wrote: "In an age of widespread information technology, it should not be too difficult for anyone, including private sellers, to contact [federal and/or state authorities] for a background check that usually only takes minutes before transferring a firearm."
"We need to do more to make it harder for dangerous people to get dangerous weapons," said
"I think that many state lawmakers had to admit that America's college campuses are among the safest environments for students because they do not permit guns on their premises," said
The following states have rejected bills this year, last year or in 2007 to force colleges and universities to allow students to carry concealed firearms into classrooms:
Contacts: John Woods, Students for Gun-Free Schools, 703-801-2625 Peter Hamm, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, 202-898-0792 Andy Pelosi, Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus 914-629-6726 Ladd Everitt, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, 202-701-7171
SOURCE Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence