House bill supports conceal carry on campus

House bill supports conceal carry on campus

Gun Rights

Should House Bill 575 pass, police on campus may not be the only individuals allowed to carry guns. A bill moving through the Missouri House of Representatives could lead to some being allowed to carry concealed firearms onto their campus. House Bill 575 won first-round approval in the Missouri House on Tuesday, and would authorize colleges and universities to designate staff members as campus protection officers. In order to attain this title, staff members would be required to submit a certificate of completion from a campus protection officer training program approved by the Department of Public Safety as well as submit a permit or valid concealed carry endorsement to be able to bring a firearm onto campus. HB 575 has been amended several times. One amendment gives a college board the ability to carve out an exemption for certain areas, like a science lab or a disciplinary hearing where emotions run high. Furthermore, protection officers wouldn’t be able to carry firearms into a stadium with more than 5,000 capacity. Spratt Stadium sits at 7,500 capacity. Yet despite the amendments, it’s managed to gain support in some circles and opposition in others. “I say this in all sincerity: We will do whatever the state legislature tells us to do in good faith,” Tim Kissock, the risk manager and legal advisor for Missouri Western State University said. “We are always concerned about more guns on campus. I think as a general rule, we don’t think it’s going to improve the educational […]

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