Posted March 15, 2018
As concerns over homeland security and the safety of our friends, neighbors and children have reached a boiling point, supporters and opponents for increased gun laws have taken over the narrative.
Critics of gun ownership have rallied the cry for stricter regulations on firearms, while supporters of gun ownership and concealed carry look to increase school security with armed personnel and licensed concealed carriers. Radio host Rush Limbaugh recently stated on Fox News, “The solution is concealed-carry in schools. If we are really serious about protecting the kids, we need a mechanism to be defensive when this kind of thing happens.”
This conversation, which has taken the main stage over the last few years, has drawn a line in the sand for many in our nation, with no end in sight. In Ohio, Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones recently took to social media (Twitter) (Facebook) to offer free concealed carry courses to teachers in Butler County. While many lauded his offer, opponents argued that putting the burden of armed security on educators is shortsighted.
In a move that most concealed carry owners will support, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson of North Carolina introduced H.R. 38 in January 2017. The bill, known as the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, would allow qualified concealed carry owners to carry in other states that allow concealed carry.
As it relates to how this could affect schools, the bill also states that “a qualified individual who lawfully carries or possesses a concealed handgun in another state: (1) is not subject to the federal prohibition on possessing a firearm in a school zone, and (2) may carry or possess the concealed handgun in federally owned lands that are open to the public.”
The bill passed the U.S. House in December and currently awaits action in the Senate.