The Oregon Board of Higher Education is placed to partner track of state Legislature to pursue a new option for keeping guns off the campuses of the state\’s seven public universities.
This week Democrat Senators handed down a vote to revive the campus weapons ban to the full state Senate.
The Senate Rules Committee also approved another measure sought by gun-rights proponents that will protect the identity of individuals with a license to hold a concealed weapon, writes the Associated Press.
While the Oregon Court of Appeals rejected a rule against guns on campus last fall, a legal court also said the Board better Education has authority to control its property. Therefore, the board is expected to approve a requirement that people who have a reason to be on a campus agree not to carry a gun.
This rule would affect all students, professors, employees, contractors and visitors on campus C while the police, military programs such as the Reserve Officer Training Corps, residents in non-campus housing, and hunting or target shooting clubs are except.
Higher Education board member Jim Francesconi said:
\”There is strong support with this policy around the board.
\”We believe this matches the court decision.\”
Kevin Starrett, executive director from the Oregon Firearms Education Foundation, states that he isn\’t surprised to hear of the ban. However, before taking legal action the building blocks will see the way the policy is enacted.
He said he hopes students challenge the policy by choosing to attend school where guns are permitted, citing campus dangers for example rapes and shootings, writes the AP.
While 25 states have ruled to permit each college to make its own rule on guns, another 22 states, including California, ban concealed weapons on all campuses.
Proponents state that the appeals court ruling to permit the protection of the names of people who carry a concealed weapon is a victory for people who want to see individual gun-owning privacy maintained.