As Texas lawmakers passed a bill which allows concealed weapons on state college campuses, a coalition of Louisiana higher education institutions has vowed to push back against similar laws in their state.
Seven Louisiana state universities, including Louisiana Tech University, University of Louisiana-Lafayette and Southern University A&M College, have signed resolutions opposing efforts to arm students.
"America’s college campuses are among the safest environments for students because they do not permit guns on their premises," says Andy Pelosi, president of GunFreeKids.org, which launched the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus last December.
"If the gun [lobby succeeds] our universities will become less safe and prone to more violence. And if lawmakers truly believe in creating a safe learning environment for students, they will oppose [their] extremist legislation," he adds.
Anti-gun groups have also accused the gun lobby of using the Virginia tech tragedy as a cover to promote their agenda of pushing guns "into every nook and cranny of our society, including our schools," in the words of John Johnson, outreach coordinator for the campaign.
In Louisiana legislature, the pending House Bill 27 would allow students, professors and staff who have weapons licenses to carry hidden and loaded handguns onto campuses as well as in classrooms and at sporting events.