The Missouri House passed legislation Tuesday night to allow to allow concealed permit holders to carry guns on campus for self-defense.
The Springfield News-Leader reports that the legislation was sponsored by State Rep. Jered Taylor (R-Nixa).
KMBC quoted Taylor saying, “Giving individuals the ability to protect themselves is absolutely the right direction that we should go.”
He added, “It is up to individuals to protect themselves. We can’t rely on law enforcement. They are minutes away when your life is being threatened immediately and you need to take action.”
Democrats like State Rep. Greg Razer opposed allowing concealed permit holders to be armed on campus for self-defense. He said, “I don’t think 33,000, 18- to 22-year-olds walking around with loaded handguns is the answer to solve our problems.”
Similar arguments have been against campus carry in each state in which it has been introduced and the doomsday scenarios have never come to fruition.
State Rep. Crystal Quade (D) tweeted her opposition to Taylor’s bill, writing, “There’s little in life more frustrating than being told that women wouldn’t be raped if we carried guns, by the same ppl who simultaneously want to take away our ability to come forward on campus to hold rapists accountable.”
Campus carry now moves to the Missouri Senate.
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