Editorial: Concealed Carry of firearms has no place on Missouri college campuses

Editorial: Concealed Carry of firearms has no place on Missouri college campuses

Gun Rights

Missouri House Bill 575 , sponsored by Rep. Dean Dohrman (R-51), has passed through the House and is now progressing through the Senate. Originally proposed as a measure to reign in university healthcare and housing requirements that were deemed unnecessary for students, it has become a vessel for Republican legislators to make Missouri college campuses the newest battleground for the expansion of second amendment rights. HB 575 now includes an amendment to allow the concealed carry of firearms on college campuses. According to the bill, “no institution of higher education shall impose any contractual requirement… upon any employee, faculty member, or student that generally prohibits … the lawful possession or carry of firearms by such persons.” Another aspect of the bill allows institutions of higher education to designate faculty members as campus protection officers — allowing them to carry firearms on campus and in classrooms. Current UM System guidelines and Missouri law prohibit firearms on college campuses, unless in the possession of law enforcement or security personnel in the line of duty. These guidelines were upheld in September 2018 by a Circuit Court decision after an MU law professor was barred by the university from keeping his firearm in his car on campus. Concealed carry on college campuses has been praised by Republican legislators in the Missouri House as being not only an expression of an individual’s second amendment rights but also a solution to both the rise of active school shootings in the U.S. and the epidemic of […]

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