On May 5, the Missouri House voted 101-28 to pass legislation that will allow concealed carry on campuses and on various modes of public transportation.
The concealed carry provisions were attached to a bill “aimed at capping fees for concealed carry applicants at $100 and giving a grace period to members of the military whose permits to carry concealed expire while they’re on active duty.”
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the campus carry provisions would “allow full-time employees to carry guns on college campuses” for self-defense.
There are also protections in the bill to guarantee that police can “carry guns at all times.”
Campus carry became law in Tennessee on May 2. This means the Volunteer State joined Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin as states that have passed laws protecting rights to carry a gun for self-defense at public colleges and universities. (Campus carry takes effect in Texas August 2016 and takes effect in Kansas July 1, 2017.)
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (R) vetoed campus carry legislation in his state on May 3, claiming it was “highly questionable” that lives would be saved by allowing law-abiding students to be armed for self-defense. On that same day, Fort Valley State University student Donnell Phelps was killed while trying to intervene to save two girls under attack on campus.
AWR Hawkins is the Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and political analyst for Armed American Radio. Follow him on Twitter: @AWRHawkins. Reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.