Va. Bill to Allow Guns on College Campuses Fails

February 7, 2011

A bill to prohibit colleges and other state agencies from banning guns has been shot down by a Senate committee.

Sen. Jill Vogel's bill would have banned state agencies, including schools, from enacting gun laws that are more stringent than those passed by the legislature. The Senate Rules Committee rejected the proposal on a 12-2 vote Friday.

Last month, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld George Mason University's prohibition against guns in campus buildings and at sports and entertainment events.

Gun rights activists argued that elected officials should decide gun policy, not schools or appointed agency heads. Opponents, including school leaders and law enforcement officials, said guns have no place on college campuses.

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