Skip to comments.Gun bill gets shot down by panel (VA Tech - On Drudge)
Posted on 04/16/2007 9:48:10 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
A bill that would have given college students and employees the right to carry handguns on campus died with nary a shot being fired in the General Assembly.
House Bill 1572 didn't get through the House Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety. It died Monday in the subcommittee stage, the first of several hurdles bills must overcome before becoming laws.
The bill was proposed by Del. Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah County, on behalf of the Virginia Citizens Defense League. Gilbert was unavailable Monday and spokesman Gary Frink would not comment on the bill's defeat other than to say the issue was dead for this General Assembly session.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated. "I'm sure the university community is appreciative of the General Assembly's actions because this will help parents, students, faculty and visitors feel safe on our campus."
Del. Dave Nutter, R-Christiansburg, would not comment Monday because he was not part of the subcommittee that discussed the bill.
Most universities in Virginia require students and employees, other than police, to check their guns with police or campus security upon entering campus. The legislation was designed to prohibit public universities from making "rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit ... from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun."
The legislation allowed for exceptions for participants in athletic events, storage of guns in residence halls and military training programs.
Last spring a Virginia Tech student was disciplined for bringing a handgun to class, despite having a concealed handgun permit. Some gun owners questioned the university's authority, while the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police came out against the presence of guns on campus.
In June, Tech's governing board approved a violence prevention policy reiterating its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus facilities.
To hell with this, I’m a full time student and after today, my .45 is going in my back pack. It is better to be tried by 12 than carried by 8.
Who would have ever thought that a degenerate psycho killer would ignore a “gun free zone”.
Actually, I take this article as progress. When a legislator can propose such a law without being immediately labeled a nutcase, things are changing. It took Missouri a couple of attempts to get concealed carry, but they eventually did. It took an overriden veto in Kansas. Give this a few years and we may see different results.
Tragic liberal idiocy.
This article and the consequences will be ignored by the msm, while the brady bunch will swoop in like vultures to call for more victim disarmament.
More victims of liberal lunacy. Wake up America!
Here’s what Hincker’s thinking now: “Man, I’m glad we got that gun rights bill defeated. Can you imagine the outrage at us now if that bill had passed?”
“Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker was happy to hear the bill was defeated.”
Someone needs to ask him how happy he is today.
Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker shot his mouth off and the killer knows it is open season. I am glad Drudge featured this article.
I know the media will publish against gun availability generally and not consider the deterence value or defense value. They are content to let the students lie down and comply like good little sheep while they are duly slaughtered.
How on EARTH could a firearm be present on campus when they’re illegal?? Something just doesn’t add up here! -_-
LOL! 8? Better cut back on the Twinkies! It's normally 6.
Sickening. One trained, licensed and armed student, or cop, or for that matter janitor in the right place could have averted this tragedy.
Here’s what would have happened, had the bill passed: the gunman would have killed one or two students, been permanently put out of commission by law abiding heroes, and the whole issue would have been blamed on the passage of this bill: “SEE! We need fewer guns on campus, not more! THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS!!” Nobody but a conservative would have predicted the outcome of twenty dead and dozens injured.
It would be the whole “everyone’s equally guilty” ploy all over again. Guns in the hands of heroes, guns in the hands of bloodthirsty murderers, when will it ever stop!?
If you stop eating twinkies, the terrorists have won.
Fight the good fight.