By a 2-1 margin, Capital University’s student senate recently passed a bill which would allow students to conceal carry certain weapons on campus.
The bill states that the university ought to “adopt policies that will expand student accessibility to self-defense measures.” The bill continued by stating, “[t]hese options include, but are not limited to, adopting concealed carry policies akin to those implemented by the University of Texas at Austin… and treating stun guns, or ‘tasers’ in the same manner as mace and pepper spray.”
In less than a day, however, the president of the student body, Jason Fugate, released a statement that he would be vetoing the bill. According to Fugate, the legislation “did not meet the standard” that he believes the student government must uphold if they are to“honor [their] obligations” to the student body.
— Student Gov. CU (@SG_Capital) September 27, 2017
Fugate then continued to list several reasons for vetoing the bill (most being procedural). To cite a few, he affirms that the bill was “not made available for the Agenda for all Senators[,] exclud[ing] absent Senators from the legislative process and possibly stunt[ing] healthy and necessary discourse.” He also continued that the “[l]egislation written for and passed through a committee meeting that took place immediately prior to the night’s senate meeting does not give ample time for proper individual research and study of the legislation.”
Fugate also expressed concerns with a lack of proper evidence for the bill’s passage, asserting, “[c]iting so many sources of information obligates us, as the official representative body of the undergraduate student body, to conduct thorough and careful investigation prior to making a binding decision on the legislation.”
In reply to the cancellation, the bill’s authors released a statement, which most importantly read that Fugate “failed to cite a single specific instance in which [they] failed to meet the standards outlined in the by-laws, or constitution.”
The debate over whether or not students should have the ability to conceal carry came shortly after Lonnie Sturdivant, a registered sex offender, was arrested last Friday for inappropriately touching a Capital University student in Blackmore Library.
Though the current bill seems dead in the water, Haley Wehner, president of the Students for Self Defense at Capital University released a statement that, in part, read, “[a]s president of Students for Self Defense and as a Senator representing my fellow students I pledge to continue fighting until every student is guaranteed the right to defend themselves by any means afforded to them by Ohio law.”
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