Gun Law News: May 19, 2019

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Colorado…

Though an armed security guard was on campus May 7 and law enforcement responded in two minutes, shootings at Highlands Ranch STEM School resulted in one death and eight injuries. The shootings have the group FASTER: Colorado renewing its plea to allow teachers and other authorized personnel to concealed carry in schools.

Florida…

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) signed into law May 8 a bill allowing more teachers to carry guns in classrooms. The law immediately implements recommendations from a commission formed after the shooting in Parkland. Though DeSantis signed the bill privately and didn’t make a statement, he has previously made it clear he supports the changes made to the law.

Louisiana…

On May 1, the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee voted in favor of a bill to remove New Orleans’ ability to enforce localized gun-carrying laws. If approved, the city would no longer be able to make specific gun regulations, including prohibiting parade-goers from bringing guns near a parade route. The committee voted 8-7 in favor of House Bill 281, which now moves to the House floor. HB 281 would require all parishes to follow state law.

Michigan…

Carrying a concealed weapon in Michigan currently requires a license and state-approved training. “You need to get into a class. The minimum is eight hours … [to include] three hours of legal and two hours of range time,” Glen Duncan with Duncan’s Outdoor Shop said. A newly introduced bill is seeking to eliminate the need for a license.

Montana…

Gov. Steve Bullock (D) vetoed House Bill 325 on May 3. The bill, a measure to remove the authority of local governments in regulating concealed weapon carry, was designed to be sent to voters if vetoed. The amendment will appear on the 2020 ballot.

Ohio…

Supporters of the Second Amendment carried unloaded guns across Miami University in Oxford on May 3. Organizer Jeffry Smith wanted to highlight what he feels are unfair restrictions for concealed carry permit holders at college campuses. On an Ohio university campus, it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm unless it is locked in, or in the process of being locked in, a motor vehicle. The gun-toting advocates received many stares and some questions, but the event concluded with no incidents.

Pennsylvania…

State Rep. Aaron Bernstine (R), who serves parts of Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties, is pushing for constitutional carry. The new bill makes a concealed carry license optional. There are currently only ten other states that don’t require a concealed carry license.

Tennessee…

The Senate voted 18-11, May 2, for Sen. John Stevens’ (R) bill to offer a concealed carry permit only for handguns that would not require training or live-firing. The bill, which would require only 90 minutes of online training for the new, less expensive permits, now goes to Gov. Bill Lee (R).

Texas…

Lawmakers in the gun-friendly state are close to passing measures to harden school campuses. Nearly a year after a mass shooting at a Texas high school resulted in the deaths of eight students and two substitute teachers, these measures aim to beef up security, add more armed school personnel and boost student mental health resources.

 

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