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Survivor of Columbine Shooting Is Introducing Legislation to Allow Concealed Carry in Schools

“As an Army veteran and Columbine survivor, I’m leading the fight in the Colorado State House to restore AND expand our gun rights,”

There have been many mixed emotions and ideas flying through the air over gun laws after the mass shooting at Stoneman Douglas High in Florida this past week.

Some people are calling for tougher gun-control laws after the horrific massacre shooting, however, some are going in a different direction altogether. Patrick Neville, a Colorado House Minority Leader, attended Columbine High School in 1999 and is a survivor of a mass shooting. Neville has come up with a new legislation to end limitations on concealed carry in K-12 schools.

According to state law, concealed-carry permit holders have the right to carry fire arms onto school property, but they must keep them safely locked up inside their vehicle. Neville had annually introduced this bill since elected in 2014 and strongly believes the law “creates a so-called gun free zone in every K-12 public school.”

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In response to the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, there have been many who are calling for stricter gun laws, but some are going in the opposite direction.

In Colorado, state House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R), who survived the 1999 Columbine High School mass shooting, is getting ready to introduce legislation that will allow concealed carry permit holders to enter school buildings with firearms, according to the Washington Times.

Under current state law, firearms are able to be on the premise but must be stowed in vehicles.

Neville has been championing this expansion of concealed carry before the shooting that occurred on Valentine’s Day.

“As an Army veteran and Columbine survivor, I’m leading the fight in the Colorado State House to restore AND expand our gun rights,” Neville posted on his Facebook page.

“This act would allow every law-abiding citizen who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios,” Neville said in a statement, according to the Times.

The Colorado state representative is not alone in his initiative. Alabama state Rep. Will Ainsworth (R) is also introducing legislation that will allow teachers to be armed during school hours.

“Our kids are literally sitting ducks,” Ainsworth said. “You saw the video online of kids having to hide behind desks they were literally defenseless. That’s where this came from.”


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