January 23, 2015
This past Tuesday in Tallahasse, the Criminal Justice Subcommittee heard testimony on HB 4005 and voted 8-4 to move the guns on campus bill forward despite strong opposition from student leaders, faculty, administrators, professional associations, parents and concerned citizens. The bill is now before the Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee and could be heard as early as the week of February 2nd.
During the hearing one member of the subcommittee in favor of forcing loaded, concealed handguns on campus made this outrageous comment:
“I heard about expanded drug and alcohol abuse on campuses and out-of-control parties. Folks, if you’re living in that kind of environment, you better carry a firearm because you could get raped, beaten or worse.” Rep. Dennis Baxley
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The vast majority of Florida’s students and faculty don’t want guns in their classrooms or other buildings on campus. We can defeat H.B. 4005 / S.B. 176, but will need your help to fight the powerful and well-resourced Florida gun lobby.
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The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus Issues Statement in Opposition to Florida HB 4005, Which Would Force Loaded, Concealed Guns Onto Public University and Community College Campuses.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tallahassee, FL – Later today, (4pm) the Florida House Criminal Justice Subcommittee will hold a hearing on HB 4005, a bill sponsored by Rep. Gregory Stuebe (R) Sarasota, to allow concealed handguns on college campuses.
The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus issued the following statement in connection with HB 4005 and today’s hearing before the Criminal Justice Subcommittee:
“We strongly oppose Representative Stuebe’s legislation (HB 4005/SB 176), which would change current law and allow loaded, concealed handguns to be carried anywhere on Florida’s public university and community college campuses including classrooms, libraries, cafeterias, dormitories, and sports arenas. Currently, Florida law gives the Board of Trustees at public universities and community colleges the authority to place reasonable restrictions on access to firearms within college-owned or controlled buildings and grounds (excluding parking lots).
While we fully understand that the latest impetus behind Rep. Stuebe’s bill is the shooting at Florida State University on November 20th, where three students were injured, one severely, we believe allowing non-law enforcement personnel to carry loaded, concealed handguns on campus will only create an unsafe and volatile environment for all Floridians.
College campuses are generally safe environments. Our colleges and universities should be havens for learning, where students, faculty, staff and visitors should not need to worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses. The campus environment should be one where additional risks are not created, such as adding loaded, concealed handguns that can be carried by students, faculty and staff.Read More»
Rep. Greg Steube, (R) Sarasota, has introduced legislation (HB4005/SB176) that will force Florida’s public university and community colleges to allow the carrying of loaded, concealed guns anywhere on campus.
The bill will be heard in committee (House, Criminal Justice Subcommittee) on Tuesday, January 20th at 4pm and we need you to lend your voice in opposition to this outrageous bill.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus deliver the petition to Gov. Scott and our state legislators with this message: “Say no to guns on Florida’s college campuses”.
Currently, concealed carry permit holders are able to store their handguns in locked cars on campus parking lots. However, Florida law provides the Board of Trustees at public university and community colleges the authority to place reasonable restrictions on access to firearms on college-owned or controlled buildings and grounds (excluding parking lots).
Florida’s higher education officials are most qualified to determine the safety requirements for their campuses, including restricting guns only to certified law enforcement officers.
Please sign this petition to help preserve the safety of Florida’s public university and community college campuses. Your opposition to this legislation will be sent to Gov. Scott and your state representatives.
Click the link below to add your name:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 20, 2014
(Croton Falls, NY) Early this morning, three students were injured during a shooting in the Strozier Library on the campus Florida State University in Tallahassee.
The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus issued the following statement in connection with this morning’s shooting.
“We first offer our thoughts to the families of the victims and to the entire Florida State University (FSU) community during this most difficult time. Various news accounts report that law enforcement personnel should be commended for their swift and professional actions in responding to the active shooter situation which helped to secure the campus and prevent further tragedy. In addition, it appears that FSU’s emergency notification system operated in a manner to quickly notify students. Our colleges and universities should be havens for learning, where students, faculty, staff and visitors should not need to worry about the threat of gun violence on their campuses.
Unfortunately, in the last few years, we are seeing an uptick in the number of on campus shootings. Rather than asking what we need to do in an unfortunate active shooting situation, we need to preemptively ask how these individuals are accessing guns. Were they stolen? Bought illegally? Bought in a state that does not require background checks? The gun lobby immediately focuses on how to react to a school shooting after it has already occurred, but as evidenced early this morning at FSU, the active shooter training of the Florida State University Police Department and Tallahassee Police Department proved invaluable at saving lives. Rather than arming students, faculty, and staff with guns, we need to focus our energy on preventing these situations from happening. With better access to mental health care, less access to guns, and greater communication, our campuses can continue to be the safe learning spaces they are intended to be.Read More»
For Immediate Release:
Arkansas’ Colleges Reject Law Permitting Armed Faculty on Campus
Groups Applaud Decision by Governing Boards to Opt out of Law for Second Consecutive Year
October 1, 2014 (Fayetteville, AR). For the second consecutive year, governing boards of Arkansas’ universities, colleges, and technical institutes voted unanimously to prohibit carrying of guns on their campuses statewide. Act 226 was authorized in March 2013 to permit faculty and staff with valid Arkansas Concealed Handgun Licenses to carry their loaded, concealed weapons on campus. However, the law permits institutional governing boards to vote annually to opt out of the law and continue prohibiting guns on campus. To date, no institutions in Arkansas have chosen to implement Act 226.
This decision represents a major victory, once again, for common sense regarding the bearing of arms on our school campuses in the state of Arkansas. Excluding Arkansas, seven other states have been forced to permit the carrying of firearms on their premises in some form, including Utah and Idaho, where two recent incidents of negligent shootings have occurred on campus in the past month. First, by a teacher in an elementary school restroom in Utah, and second, by a professor in an occupied classroom at Idaho State University. In each instance, rather than protecting life and property, these teachers wounded themselves.
One of the faculty leaders opposing guns on campus at the University of Arkansas stated, “I am very pleased to learn that, for the 2nd consecutive year, the governing boards of every college statewide chose to continue the long-standing prohibition of lethal weapons on campus. It shows our governing boards understand that our colleges are not magnets for murderers, but sanctuaries from them.” Dr. Stephen K. Boss, Professor of Environmental Dynamics and Sustainability, University of Arkansas.
Sidney Burris, Professor, Department of English, University of Arkansas, also said, “Our Board of Trustees is convinced that guns on our college campuses is an unwise policy because once again, they have unanimously voted against it. Our faculty, staff, and students can claim a substantial victory here, but so too can our parents, whose first concern is for the safety of their children.”
Andy Pelosi, director of The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus added, “Today, we applaud the wise decisions of all the Arkansas’ governing boards for their conviction and dedication to providing safe campus environments for students, faculty and staff. We call on state legislatures around the country to identify ways to reduce risk to people on campus – not increase it by allowing the presence of loaded, concealed weapons.”Read More»