Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

NRA-Backed Campus Safety Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fairfax, Va. – Georgia State Senators today handed former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg yet another defeat in his effort to limit the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. By a margin of 37 to 17, Senators voted to pass House Bill 859, legislation aimed at improving safety on college campuses in Georgia. The bill now heads to Governor Nathan Deal.

 “This important legislation will make Georgia college campuses safer places for students, faculty and administrators,” said Catherine Mortensen, NRA Spokesperson. “Today’s vote is a clear victory for the Second Amendment and a repudiation of New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun control agenda. Bloomberg-funded groups launched a misinformation campaign in the Peach State about this bill. Georgians saw right through the lies and scare tactics.”

 New York City billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s gun-control group, Everytown for Gun Safety, opposes the legislation and is airing television ads in opposition to HB 859. The television buy is part of the gun control group’s misinformation campaign that claims campus carry is dangerous and will result in a spike in crime and firearm accidents. Facts do not support these claims.

 House Bill 859 would allow adult college students the same right to defend themselves on campus that they already have off-campus. Under the proposed law, law-abiding Georgia Weapons License (GWL) holders would be allowed to carry when they are in or on any building or real property owned by or leased to any public technical school, vocational school, college, university, or other institution of post-secondary education.

 “We want to thank our members and supporters in Georgia who rallied behind this bill and urged their senators to vote for it,” added Mortensen. “We also want to thank all the Georgia state lawmakers who supported the fundamental right of students to self-protection, whether on or off-campus.”

 

Facts:

  • People who have carry permits are statistically more law-abiding than the general public.  For example, Florida has issued over 2.7 million carry permits – the most of any state – and has had to revoke only 0.006 percent (six one-thousandths of one percent) of them because of firearm crimes by permit holders.
  • Eight states have provisions, either by legislation or court rulings, allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses: Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. (Kansas law goes into effect July 2017. Oregon and Wisconsin laws do not allow for carrying of firearms into campus buildings).
  • In 2006 the Utah Supreme Court held that public colleges and universities could not enforce any policy prohibiting a concealed carry license holder from possessing a firearm on their campus. A comparison of the violent crime data at the University of Utah between 2003-2006 (4 years prior to firearms on campus) and 2007-2010 (4 years after firearms on campus) reveals that permitting law-abiding adults to possess firearms did not lead to an increase in violent crime. In fact, the University of Utah experienced a drop in the rates of violent crime, forcible rapes, and aggravated assaults.
  • Amanda Collins is a good example of why campus carry laws are needed. Collins, a young college student in Reno, NV who was brutally attacked and sexually assaulted on a campus. She had a valid concealed carry permit at the time, but was not allowed to bring her firearm on campus. She was raped at gun point by a man who illegally had a firearm on campus.  Below are 2 links to her story:

http://www.nranews.com/search/video/amanda-collins-only-a-firearm-will-stop-a-determined-stalker?q=amanda%20collins

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/counterpoint-rape-survivor-argues-why-we-need-guns-campus

IN THIS ARTICLE
Georgia Campus Carry
TRENDING NOW
Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

News  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

The Biden Administration’s Department of State announced that it will soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition into the United States. According to a release on the Department of State’s website, “[n]ew and pending permit applications ...

The Second Amendment Now Comes with Government-Issued “Harmful Language Alert”

News  

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Second Amendment Now Comes with Government-Issued “Harmful Language Alert”

The absurdity and dysfunction of the Biden Administration have become so pervasive that it’s easy to become numb to it all. But some things it does are still so outrageous and inconceivable – touching on ...

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Atlantic Writer Promotes Culture War on Gun Ownership

News  

Monday, September 13, 2021

Atlantic Writer Promotes Culture War on Gun Ownership

Canadian-born political commentator and George W. Bush-era speechwriter David Frum has taken a break from promoting actual wars in the Middle East to advocate for a culture war on gun ownership here at home.

Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

During a July 21 CNN “presidential town hall,” Joe Biden expressed his support for a ban on commonly-owned handguns. Responding to a question about the recent increase in violent crime, the career politician stated,

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton's Office Puts Woke Corporations on Notice

Friday, September 10, 2021

Texas: Attorney General Ken Paxton's Office Puts Woke Corporations on Notice

As NRA-ILA reported to you last week, a dozen new pro-Second Amendment bills took effect on September 1, including Senate Bill 19 sponsored by State Sen. Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown) and State Rep. Gio Capriglione (R-Southlake).  Taxpayer dollars should ...

NRA Files Comments Opposing ATF’s “Stabilizing Brace” Proposed Rule

News  

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

NRA Files Comments Opposing ATF’s “Stabilizing Brace” Proposed Rule

As we’ve previously reported, the Biden Department of Justice is threatening to upend the U.S. firearm industry and how Americans exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Trudeau Ramps Up Gun Control Promises, Makes Guns a Wedge Issue

News  

Monday, September 13, 2021

Trudeau Ramps Up Gun Control Promises, Makes Guns a Wedge Issue

With days to go until the September 20 snap election called by Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Party leader and current Prime Minister, face the possibility of losing seats. As of early September, the Conservative Party had overtaken Trudeau’s Liberals as ...

URGENT! September 8 Deadline Last Chance to Submit Comments on Proposed Rule for Stabilizing Braces

News  

Monday, September 6, 2021

URGENT! September 8 Deadline Last Chance to Submit Comments on Proposed Rule for Stabilizing Braces

In June, ATF published a new notice of proposed rulemaking on its website entitled Factoring Criteria for Firearms with Attached “Stabilizing Braces.” If implemented, the new rule could impact millions of law-abiding gun owners.  If you want to help stop ...

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.