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From: Al Kulas <Al@...
Date: Apr 17, 2007 1:55 AM
Subject: VA Students prohibited from defending themselves
To: Al Kulas <Al@...
In January of 2006, a Virginia bill to allow
properly licensed gunowners to carry on
campus was shot down. Today, no one
was able to defend themselves or stop
Gun bill gets shot down by panel HB 1572, which would have allowed handguns
on college campuses, died in subcommittee.
By Greg Esposito <greg.esposito@...
> Roanoke Times, Tuesday,
January 31 2006
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to
carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General
House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police
and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of
several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.
The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf
of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and
spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to
say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was
defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General
Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and
visitors feel safe on our campus."
Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg, would not comment Monday because he was
not part of the subcommittee that discussed the bill.
Most universities in Virginia require students and employees, other than
police, to check their guns with police or campus security upon entering
campus. The legislation was designed to prohibit public universities from
making "rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student
who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit ... from lawfully carrying a
The legislation allowed for exceptions for participants in athletic events,
storage of guns in residence halls and military training programs.
Last spring a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for bringing a handgun
to class, despite having a concealed handgun permit. Some gun owners
questioned the university's authority, while the Virginia Association of
Chiefs of Police came out against the presence of guns on campus.
In June, Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy
reiterating its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting
visitors from bringing them into campus facilities.
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