Firearms Bills on the Move in the House
The firearms and ammunition bills moved out of the House Consumer Affairs Subcommittee without debate this past Tuesday morning. They are now headed to the full House Consumer and Employee Affairs Committee. The full committee meets next week and it is anticipated that the bills will pass and move onto the House Calendar and Rules Committee. This is the final step before going to the House floor for a vote. TICUA's goal, as well as the coalition opposing these bills, is to keep the pressure on members of the General Assembly in order for the bills to never make it to either the House or Senate chambers for a vote.
To review, the bills seek to accomplish the following:
SB3002 (Senator Faulk)/HB3560 (Representative Bass) allows for guns and ammunition to be kept in a vehicle as long as they are secured and out of site by ANYONE on all campus locations. TICUA members may NOT prohibit the possession of these weapons from being on campus, nor may TICUA members create policies contrary to the provisions in the bill.
SB2992 (Senator Faulk)/HB3559 (Representative Bass) does not allow TICUA members to inquire about weapons owned, possessed, transported, or used by employees. This creates a special class of employee that allows them to file discrimination grievances based on violations of this bill. It also allows conceal and carry permit owners to possess guns on private property.
If these bills are passed:
* Campuses must allow weapons and ammunition on campus by students, visitors, and employees as long as they are concealed and secured in a vehicle.
* Campuses may no longer inquire employees about firearms possession, transporting, or use.
* Employees would now be able to file discrimination lawsuits against colleges and universities if the employee feels as if the employer wrongfully terminated them related to any aspects of the new firearms/ammunition provisions.
* Campuses will lose their ability to regulate weapon possession to create a safe campus environment.
* The new provisions will make it difficult, if not impossible, to identify a 'bad guy' on campus during a hostile situation if other individuals are allowed to possess weapons on campus.