A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Louisiana House Bill 199 Approved

The Louisiana House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee approved a gun bill with an 11 to 3 vote on May 1, 2008. House Bill 199, introduced by Rep. Ernest Wooton, of Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Charles parishes, LSU Packingwould authorize CHL holders to carry concealed handguns on campuses of higher education. Representatives Roy Burrell, Frank Howard and Barbara Norton voted against Louisiana citizens having the right to effective self defense on college campuses. HB 199 applies to everyone; faculty, staff and visitors, in addition to students.

"This is not about students. It's about concealed handgun holders on college campuses," Representative Wooton said, "Most of this discomfort is caused when you don't know anything about handguns or weapons. This permit law requires that you be totally familiar with your weapon, have the ability to use your weapon and qualify with the weapon."

"As a female who lives alone, I am forced to recognize that if it came down to it in a physical altercation between myself and a male, I'm toast," said Elizabeth Cook, member of the Students for Concealed Carry on Campus LSU chapter and Paul M. Hebert Law Center student, "I can't protect myself. Give me the opportunity to protect myself."

Hopefully, thousands of coeds will soon have that basic human right. House Bill 199 now goes to the Louisiana House of Representatives for debate.

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Blogger Mattexian said...

Good, good, good and good! I ranted in a comment on another blog about this the other day, about the remark from the LEO spokesman. This will give him the proof he denies exists, that citizens can be trusted with their own guns in places "where more guns shouldn't be." Tough, copper, since we already know that you can't be held liable for cowardice in the face of the enemy if another school shooting breaks out, we'll just have to be responsible for our own safety, thankyouverymuch, here's your fugging donut.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Reese said...

I'm glad to see that more and more States are getting the clue. Here in Utah, we've always been able to protect ourselves on College campuses. There was a three year period (2003-2006) where the University of Utah tried to pass a policy banning CCW holders from carrying on campus. But the Utah Supreme Court overturned the policy, stating that since the U is a public, state owned institution, they can not make a policy that goes against state law.

I hope that this passes the Louisiana State Senate!

7:47 PM  
Blogger Rorschach said...

The only problem is that it still leaves teachers and administrators in K-12 schools unarmed.

2:06 PM  
Blogger JJR said...

I can only hope the Texas ledge clues in and does the same. Gov. Rick Perry indicated he would "work on it", but TSRA needs to hold his feet to the fire if need be. I'm a staff member of a major state university and have a Texas CHL but have to be legally disarmed while at work for the time being. I carry everywhere else it is legal for me to do so.

3:43 PM  
Blogger Peripatetic Engineer said...

FYI, this is the definition of an assault weapon in House Hill 78 which will ban criminals from owning assault weapons.

B. For the purposes of this Section "assault weapon" means any of the
8 following:
9 (1) Any pistol that is capable of accepting a detachable magazine at any
10 location outside of the pistol grip.
11 (2) Any semiautomatic pistol, or any semiautomatic center-fire rifle, with a
12 fixed magazine that has the capacity to accept more than ten rounds of ammunition.
13 (3) Any shotgun capable of accepting a detachable magazine.
14 (4) Any shotgun with a revolving cylinder magazine.
15 (5) Any semiautomatic or pump-action rifle or semiautomatic pistol that is
16 capable of accepting a detachable magazine and that also possesses any of the
17 following:
18 (a) If the firearm is a rifle, a pistol grip located behind the trigger.
19 (b) If the firearm is a rifle, a stock in any configuration, including but not
20 limited to a thumbhole stock, a folding stock, or a telescoping stock, that allows the
21 bearer of the firearm to grasp the firearm with the trigger hand such that the web of
22 the trigger hand, between the thumb and forefinger, can be placed below the top of
23 the external portion of the trigger during firing.
24 (c) If the firearm is a pistol, a shoulder stock of any type or configuration,
25 including but not limited to a folding stock or a telescoping stock.
26 (d) A barrel shroud.
27 (e) A muzzle brake or muzzle compensator.
28 (f) Any feature designed to be capable of functioning as a protruding grip
29 that can be held by the hand that is not the trigger hand, excluding any extension of
HB NO. 78
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CODING: Words in struck through type are deletions from existing law; words underscored
are additions.
1 the stock along the bottom of the barrel that does not substantially or completely
2 encircle the barrel.

11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arming college students is the dumbest, most horrific idea I have ever heard.
How many random acts of violence occur already-over temper tantrums of teenagers, and drunken altercations? Put CONCEALED weapons in the hand of these people and expect accidental shootings and overall violent deaths to skyrocket.
How can you feel safe knowing every jackass around you can legally carry a weapon?

12:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey DUMBASS...we ARM college students all the time..its call the National Guard..and we send them out with fully automatic weapons to defend your right to say stupid crap like you just did. In fact we have them defending/patrolling New Orleans... How many guardsmen have shot someone accidentally since Katrina? Think about it...MANY do the guard for the tuition for college..every campus has guardsmen on it..if these trained individuals are carrying weapons on campus you are VASTLY safer. Anybody that bothers to get a concealed permit tends to be VERY responsible. Get a grip.

10:55 AM  

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