News Sen. Kohl-Welles Unveils Gun-Control Bill
posted by January 24 at 12:58 PMon
Following up on her bill to streamline the process for women to get protection from stalkers (billed as the “Rebecca Griego Act”), Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Seattle) held a hearing this morning on another bill that addresses the tragedy at UW last year.
Her bill would allow college campuses to ban guns. Currently, campuses can ban guns (at the UW, for example, you cannot carry a firearm without prior approval from the administration), but gun-control advocates worry that that current regulatory authority is not strong enough to withstand a constitutional challenge.
Sen. Kohl-Welles’s bill explicitly gives campuses the right to prohibit firearms which would make a court challenge more difficult.
Her bill seems a lot more substantive than a related bill that she’s proposing at the request of Governor Gregoire (also heard in committee this morning) that would direct campuses to come up with a safety plan.