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Bills We're Watching This Session

HB 6001 – Firearms on College/University Campus

Talking Points

  • The theory that more guns = less crime (aka the John Lott Hypothesis) has been widely discredited.See the following analyses by other researchers and media outlets: Ayres and Donovan AnalysisThe Washington PostABC News.
  • Hidden Costs: The presidents of the Florida State College system have estimated that it will cost upwards of $75 million to prepare 65 state college campuses for the possibility of students with concealed weapons on campus (not including the state university system).
  • With few exceptions, the law does not provide for campus-specific gun-free areas; armed citizens could carry a weapon into mental health centers, university-run hospitals, and non-athletic campus events.
  • The likelihood of students carrying concealed weapons has a censoring effect on open discussion and debatein college and university classrooms. This was noted by none other than William McRaven, the chancellor for the University of Texas system and member of the Navy SEALs who helped to plot the raid that killed Osama bin Laden). Listen to an interview with McRaven.
  • Misplacement/loss of weapons. Students misplace or lose backpacks, handbags, coats, and other personal items routinely on campus. When those items contain a weapon, the gravity of the situation grows exponentially.

Updated Information

HB 6001, filed by Anthony Sabatini and co-sponsored by Mike Hill and Stan McClain removes the current prohibition against carrying a firearm into a college or university facility.  

What’s Next

HB 6001 has been referred to the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee, Higher Education & Career Readiness Subcommittee, and Judiciary Committee.

Companion Bill

There is no companion bill in the Senate.

Vote History

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Our Position

We oppose this bill.

Video Updates

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