College Campus Handgun Bill Shot Down in Louisiana

Texas isn't the only state has recently tried to pass a bill allowing college students to carry concealed handguns on campus, citing the Virginia Tech shooting as a strong reason. A similiar bill was shot down in Louisiana before opponents even got a chance to speak.

From this story on TheNewsStar.com:
_A House committee Wednesday shot down a controversial bill that would have allowed guns on college campuses.

HB413 by Rep. Ernest Wooton, I-Belle Chasse, would have allowed anyone with a permit to carry a concealed handgun to have a weapon on public college and university campuses, including in classrooms and dormitories.

Wooton, the chairman of the House Criminal Justice Committee, declared handgun permit holders "the safest individuals in this nation."_
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"These people don't cause any trouble," he said.

During a verbal scuffle with opponent Rep. Barbara Norton, D-Shreveport, over whether his bill would make college campuses safer, he said "I can't tell them they're going to be safer."

Norton said going to college "is not about packing guns. It ought to be about packing education."

Wooton said that since a person has to be at least 21, submit to a mental health questionnaire and go through classroom and firing range training, and only permit holders could legally carry guns, opponents' fears that teenage students would be armed was unfounded. "The vast majority of students on campus couldn't qualify because of their age."

"There are already guns on most campuses," he said. "They can keep them in their cars." Wooton said he offered his bill not in response to the shootings on the Virginia Tech campus but because he believes people who complete training courses should be allowed to possess their guns on campuses.

Sitting in the committee room poised to testify against the bill were two former Virginia Tech students -- one who was shot four times by the gunman who killed 32 students and faculty members and one with witnessed the turmoil following the shootings._