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  • tim condon
    ... From: Al Kulas Date: Apr 17, 2007 1:55 AM Subject: VA Students prohibited from defending themselves To: Al Kulas In January of
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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

      the carnage.

      http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/wb/xp-50658 I
      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
      concealed handgun."

      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.

      Al Kulas


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