Lawmakers in South Dakota have introduced some good legislation. Hopefully it passes:
A bill introduced Tuesday would bar the regents from outlawing firearms on state university campuses.The news is skimpy on the details so I'll do some googling. So now it's Utah and potentially South Dakota (am I missing any?). I would like to see this become a trend.
HB1261 says the universities cannot expel or discipline anyone who legally carries a gun onto campus.
Update: Found the bill, and it has got a lot of sponsors behind it. And it appears to be much better than the Utah law, which if I understand correctly, gives professors discretion over allowing firearms inside their classrooms. Sponsors and full text of the bill below...
Introduced by: Representatives Brunner, Cutler, Howie, Jerke, Kirkeby, Koistinen, Noem, Olson (Betty), Rhoden, Steele, and Van Etten and Senators Schmidt (Dennis), Apa, Greenfield, Kloucek, Maher, McNenny, and Napoli
FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to regulate the right to carry a firearm on the campuses of public institutions of higher education.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA:
Section 1. No public institution of higher education may regulate or restrict the right to carry or possess a firearm in accordance with state law. No public institution of higher education may expel, dismiss, or penalize any person who carries or possesses a firearm in accordance with state law. However, any public institution of higher education may require that any firearm in a campus dormitory of a public institution of higher education not in a person's immediate possession be stored in a locked gun safe.
Section 2. For the purposes of this Act only, the term, public institution of higher education, means any public postsecondary educational institution under the Board of Regents or any public postsecondary technical institute under the Board of Education.