- 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 Analysis, The Washington Post, ABC 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.
There is no companion bill in the Senate.
We oppose this bill.