05 Feb 2008

South Dakota House Votes To Permit Guns on Campus

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A measure allowing law-abiding people to carry guns on the campuses of South Dakota’s public universities was approved Monday by the state House of Representatives.

The House voted 63-3 to send the measure to the Senate after supporters said allowing students, faculty members and others to carry guns would help deter mass shootings.

“The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” said Rep. Thomas Brunner, R-Nisland, the main sponsor of the bill.

HB1261 would prevent colleges and technical schools from restricting the right to carry or possess a firearm. Schools could require that guns kept in dormitories be stored in a locked gun safe. …

Only one other state, Utah, authorizes weapons on college campuses, university officials told lawmakers last week.

If it passes, there won’t be any Virginia Tech-style massacres in South Dakota.


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