Tuesday, February 12, 2013

UPDATE: Committee endorses Charlie Collins' bill to allow guns on campus

Posted By on Tue, Feb 12, 2013 at 10:20 AM

Charlie Collins gun bill
  • MORE GUNS: Charlie Collins makes the case.
Rep. Charlie Collins, the Fayetteville Republican, is attempting to push his guns-on-campus bill through a House committee this morning. He'd leave decisions at each campus — public and private — up to the governing bodies of the colleges on allowing staff to carry guns. Opposition from colleges is near universal at the administrative level, though faculty members and students appeared today to support the idea.

Early touts for the bill include the touted "fact" of 38 shootings on college campuses since 2010. One shooting every three weeks on how many thousands of campuses attended by how many millions of students? This is a crisis that requires putting more guns on college campuses? With what evidence that more guns wouldn't have made the shootings that did occur worse?

UPDATE: The bill was endorsed on a voice vote. No representative spoke in opposition.

A reminder quote from New York Times recently:

But there is a more fundamental problem with the idea that guns actually protect the hearth and home. Guns rarely get used that way. In the 1990s, a team headed by Arthur Kellermann of Emory University looked at all injuries involving guns kept in the home in Memphis, Seattle and Galveston, Tex. They found that these weapons were fired far more often in accidents, criminal assaults, homicides or suicide attempts than in self-defense. For every instance in which a gun in the home was shot in self-defense, there were seven criminal assaults or homicides, four accidental shootings, and 11 attempted or successful suicides.

See the student who shot himself in the hand at KUAF the other day.

This thinking is out of fashion at the Capitol, however. When is Sen. Woods going to introduce his Capitol carry bill?

Also, with churches now cleared for guns and campuses soon to follow, there are still a few places where, according to testimony today about the salubrious effects of added firepower, people are clearly unsafe. Let's repeal the rest of them:

(1) Any police station, sheriff's station, or Department of Arkansas State Police station;
(2) Any Arkansas Highway Police Division of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department facility;
(3) (A) Any building of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department or onto grounds adjacent to any building of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department.
(B) However, subdivision (3)(A) of this section does not apply to a rest area or weigh station of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department;
(4) Any detention facility, prison, or jail;
(5) Any courthouse;
(6) (A) Any courtroom.
(B) However, nothing in this subchapter precludes a judge from carrying a concealed weapon or determining who will carry a concealed weapon into his or her courtroom;
(7) Any polling place;
(8) Any meeting place of the governing body of any governmental entity;
(9) Any meeting of the General Assembly or a committee of the General Assembly;
(10) Any state office;
(11) Any athletic event not related to firearms;
(12) Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-9-402, licensed to dispense alcoholic beverages for consumption on the premises;
(13) Any portion of an establishment, except a restaurant as defined in § 3-9-402, where beer or light wine is consumed on the premises;
(15) Inside the passenger terminal of any airport, except that no person is prohibited from carrying any legal firearm into the passenger terminal if the firearm is encased for shipment for purposes of checking the firearm as baggage to be lawfully transported on any aircraft;

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