23 Dec , 2015

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Battle over where permit holders can carry their guns at the University of Texas at Austin

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton has issued an opinion on Texas’ new law that allows carrying concealed handguns on college campuses.  Some public universities, in particular the University of Texas at Austin, have already made initial recommendations.  The most important parts of the opinion are:

“. . . attending or teaching class is the primary reason most individuals are on campus.  

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10 Dec , 2015

University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin releases initial recommendations for where permitted concealed handguns will be allowed on campus

The panel recommending the rules for concealed carry on campus may not have had ideal recommendations, but they are at least a lot better than it might have been.  Some of the restrictions include that the gun must be carried in “a holster that completely covers the trigger; semiautomatic handguns must be carried without a chambered round of ammunition.”  Bans from UT athletic events and dorms are disappointing, as there is no evidence that there is a problem with either type of place.  …

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3 Dec , 2015

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More Mass Public Shootings in Gun Free Zones: San Bernardino, California and Colorado Springs, Colorado

Regarding the shooting in the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino

“The biggest problem is that it was a gun-free zone,” said Get Loaded owner Terry McGuire, 49, a bald, burly guy who looks as though he would be right at home among the many cops and deputies to whom he caters.

5 Nov , 2015

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Victim in UC Merced Mass Stabbing now supports Concealed Carry

From Breitbart.com (November 5, 2015):

Byron Price, the construction worker who intervened to save a student under attack at University of California Merced on November 4, says he now views concealed carry “differently” and wants to get a permit to carry a gun.

Breitbart News previously reported that Merced Couty Sheriff Vern Warnke identified Wednesday’s mass stabber as 18-year-old Faisal Mohammad, a freshman from Santa Clara.

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19 Oct , 2015

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CPRC in the New York Times: “As Campus Fears Rise, So Do Efforts to Enact School Gun Laws”

From the New York Times, October 19, 2015:

. . . “California is the only state that I know of that has passed a modern ban on people being able to carry a gun on college campuses,” said John Lott, the head of the Crime Prevention Research Center, who testified last week in favor of the Michigan bill to permit concealed guns on campus.

16 Oct , 2015

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CPRC Testimony: Michigan Senate Judiciary SB442 Allowing CPL Holders to carry in gun-free zones

Crime Prevention Research Center President Dr. John Lott Jr. gives testimony on Senate Bill 442. This bill creates an exemption for CPL holders, allowing lawful concealed carry in gun-free zones.

 

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6 Oct , 2015

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Candidate’s statement on gun-free zones after Oregon shooting

Some evidence that the political debate is changing.

“This campus was a gun free zone and yet somehow this individual got onto campus with not one gun but several guns. So, before we start calling for more laws I think we ought to consider why we don’t enforce the laws we have.”  — Carly Fiorina

“it’s clear that gun free zones are sitting duck zones” — Gov.…

1 Oct , 2015

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Umpqua Community College is yet another mass public shooting in a gun-free zone

With at least 10 dead and 20 injured, we have had yet another mass public shooting in a gun-free zone.

The original document can be found here.  The campus did have three security officers, but they were also disarmed.  Of course, uniformed security officers have limited usefulness in stopping these attacks because people in uniforms are easy targets.…

22 Sep , 2015

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CPRC’s research cited in lawsuit to allow permitted concealed handguns on University of Missouri property

The Columbian Missourian has this story on the lawsuit:

A law professor has filed suit against the . . . MU policy that prohibits concealed weapons on campus infringes on his constitutional rights. . . .

Bukowsky’s petition sites statistics from John R. Lott’s book, “More Guns Less Crime,” which she said shows a trend of states allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.

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19 Aug , 2015

Rev. Brenda Stevenson

Black Pastor announces she and some members of her congregation will carry guns at her church

This pastor announced that she got the idea of letting guns into her church several years ago, but is only putting it into action now because of the church shooting in Charleston.  Her gun was purchased through donations.  It may not make the most sense for this pastor to announce that she will be keeping the gun at her pulpit, but given that members of her congregation will also carrying concealed handguns laws, it is probably safe.  …