Nixa rep’s campus carry plans likely dead this session, but he’ll try again next year

Nixa rep's campus carry plans likely dead this session, but he’ll try again next year

Students walk on campus at Missouri State University on Wednesday, April 3, 2019. A measure added to a bill allowing colleges to designate employees as "campus security officers" and to allow concealed weapons on campus passed in the Missouri House of Representatives. (Photo: Andrew Jansen/News-Leader) JEFFERSON CITY — A push to allow people with concealed carry permits to bring guns onto college campuses is likely dead for this legislative session, its chief proponent says. Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa, told a reporter Tuesday he remains hopeful an omnibus bill carrying his measure that passed the House last month will find a way through the Senate. Rep. Jered Taylor, R-Nixa (Photo: Missouri House) But he conceded it’s “not likely” to happen before the session ends at 6 p.m. Friday and said it’s something he’ll be working on again next year. Taylor has argued for years that banning concealed carry on college campuses and in government buildings violates citizens’ Second Amendment rights and creates “gun-free zones” that criminals can target without fear of resistance. But bills aimed at changing that have never gained much favor with the state’s colleges and universities. In 2016, Missouri State University President Clif Smart said a similar effort by former state Sen. Bob Dixon, R-Springfield, would make the Springfield campus “less safe, not more safe.” And campus security officials from multiple schools made similar arguments this year in testimony on a bill Taylor sponsored addressing college campuses as well as government buildings, bars, churches and casinos. Democrats […]

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