Friday, November 28, 2008

Campus carry advocates to continue push for carry rights

From the Madison, Wisconsin Badger Herald:

Student groups supporting the right to carry concealed weapons on campus are preparing to push for legislation in their favor when state governments reconvene in January.

David Burnett, board member at large for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, said in an e-mail Friday the goal of the organization is to ensure holders of concealed handgun permits can enjoy the same rights on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else.

According to Burnett, SCCC formed shortly after the Virginia Tech shooting as a national non-partisan grassroots organization comprised of students, faculty, parents of college students and “concerned citizens.”

Since its beginning, the SCCC has grown in popularity and now includes a chapter at UW, Burnett added.

Of course, Wisconsin is one of only two states (the other is Illinois) that has no provision for concealed carry, so it's not surprising that the article quotes a government functionary opposed to the idea of armed citizens:
Dane County Assistant District Attorney Mike Verveer said he supports the Wisconsin law for concealed weapons as it currently exists.

“I think that allowing people to carry concealed weapons is a recipe for disaster, and I respectfully disagree with those who advocate their use,” Verveer said.

Although he acknowledges why some believe students should be armed in light of the “awful incidents that have occurred recently throughout the country,” Verveer said he believes this method is the wrong way to approach personal safety on campus.

“I believe that having students, faculty and staff armed with weapons would only perhaps cause more of these tragedies to occur and not less,” Verveer said. “Whether a tragedy occurs in the heat of the moment or under the influence of something, if you are armed, this will increase the potential for a weapon to be used.”

Article here. According to the article, 15 states have considered bills in favor of SCCC's position, although none have yet passed.

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