'Guns on Campus' bill involuntarily defered
POSTED: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 11:23am
UPDATED: Friday, October 14, 2011 - 9:41am
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: In a vote of 8-3, the bill was involuntarily defered.
ORIGINAL STORY: The House Criminal Justice committee is currently hearing House Bill 413 authored by Rep. Ernest Wooton from Belle Chasse, La. If passed, the bill would authorize permit holders to carry a concealed handgun on college campuses.
Rep. Wooton cited in front of committee at the State Capitol today that 25 college campuses across the country have passed similar legislation, allowing permit holders to bring a concealed weapon on campus. Wooton, who filed this same bill three years ago, says that none of those schools have witnessed violence from permit holders.
“I can’t tell them they’re going to be any safer, but they have a right to carry that handgun,” Rep. Wooton impassionedly replied in response to criticism from Rep. Norton.
Among those who testified against the bill was Colin Goddard, who survived being shot four times during the Virginia Tech massacre.
Representative Dalton Honore also testified against the bill, citing his days working law enforcement at Southern University.
“I’m not opposed to a person carrying a weapon, but you have a lot of activity on campus and a gun in someone’s pocket changes a person’s attitude. I don’t want to see any more homicides…I’m very much opposed to this bill.”