I Oppose Guns on College Campuses

America’s colleges and universities are under attack. Following mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 (32 students and faculty killed and 15 wounded) and Northern Illinois University in 2008 (5 students killed and 16 wounded), legislatures in many states are unbelievably working to change pushing to force colleges and universities to allow loaded, concealed handguns on campus. 

The 2017 state legislative season is in full-swing and the gun lobby is pushing guns on campus legislation in a number of states around the country.  At this writing (Feb. 8th) bill have be introduced in Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Texas, South Carolina and Wyoming.

Two bills to keep guns off campus have been introduced in Kansas and Maryland. 

As a first step, please voice your opposition to guns on campus by signing and sharing this petition. Thank you.

We, the undersigned, oppose any attempts by the government to allow the carrying of concealed or open firearms by students, faculty or staff. We urge our state elected officials to vote against any bill permitting guns on campus. Let's keep college for learning, not for toting guns.
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For the most part, we are winning around the country but we need your help because one state per year is forcing colleges to allow guns on campus.  Sign the petition today and share with others. 

In 2016, 17 states introduced dangerous guns on campus legislation, with bills being defeated in: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin.  Tennessee became the 10th state to allow guns on campus as of July 1st, by allowing full-time employees with ability to carry.  Ohio signed into law legislation that would allow schools the authortity to either ban or allow concealed weapons on campus.

In 2015, 15 states introduced guns on campus bills, with bills being defeated in 13 states: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia & Wyoming. Texas approved guns on campus legislation.  Legislation in Ohio (HB 48) is pending.

In 2014, guns on campus bills were introduced in these states:  Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Ohio, Oklahoma and Wyoming. On March 12th, Idaho became the 7th state to allow guns on campus. Also in 2014, all 52 colleges and universities in Arkansas exercised their right to exclude faculty from carry concealed weapons on campus.

In 2013, legislation was carried over or introduced in 15 states that would change current law and force guns onto college campuses. These states included: Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, South Dakota & Wyoming.  Most bills were defeated, except in Arkansas (faculty carry - schools can opt out) Kansas (schools can opt out for 4 years) and North Carolina, where concealed carry permit holders can store their guns in parked cars on campus. The good news in Arkansas is that all colleges and universities have opted out, meaning no concealed guns on campus for the 2013-2014 school year.

In 2012, guns on campus bills were defeated in FOURTEEN STATES: Arizona, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia & West Virginia).

In 2011, guns on campus bills were defeated in FIFTEEN states: Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Louisiana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.  States that now force guns on campus include:  Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.

For more information, see: The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus

Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus • PO Box 658 • Croton Falls, NY 10519