Kentucky Legislature Debates Campus Carry
By Erika Haas
Kentucky may soon join the list of states permitting concealed carry on public campuses, reports the Lexington Herald-Leader.
House Bill 249, introduced by Representative Tim Moore, would allow Kentuckians with concealed carry permits to carry on public elementary and secondary school grounds, and on public college and university campuses.
As of 2012, guns have only been allowed on Kentucky’s public college and university campuses if they are in a car.
Those in support of HB 249 argue that the bill will prevent mass shootings by doing away with gun free zones.
As David Burnett, the former president of the University of Kentucky’s Students for Concealed Carry, said, gun free zones “empower psychopaths by guaranteeing victims are defenseless, cultivating a deadly delusion that murderous criminals will comply.”
Conversely, opponents of the bill believe campus carry will make schools more dangerous.
Jon Akers, director of the Kentucky Center for School Safety, feels only law enforcement personnel should be permitted to carry in and around schools. In fact, his goal is station police officers on every campus.
“They can become important resources for students,” he told the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Then, if there is a problem, they are there.”
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