Efforts to expand rights to carry guns on college campuses have largely been defeated. None of the fifteen “campus carry” bills introduced earlier this year has passed, and measures in eleven states, including Florida, have died.
Florida State University president John Thrasher, a supporter of gun rights during his time serving in the state legislature, said the push to expand guns on campus is “a bad thing for universities.”
“In January, William McRaven, the chancellor of the University of Texas system and a retired U.S. Navy admiral, voiced opposition to expanded guns on campus, acknowledging ‘great concern that the presence of handguns … will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds,’” writes The Wall Street Journal‘s Ashby Jones.
“The University of Texas System projected that campus carry, if passed, could cost $39 million in upcoming years in additional security resources. Presidents at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and University of Nevada, Reno, opposed their state’s campus-carry bills as well.”