At a recent hearing on Assembly Bill 2, which would allow people to have guns in their vehicles on school campuses so long as the vehicle is locked or occupied, a North Las Vegas assemblywoman asked, “What good does a gun do for you in a locked vehicle?”
Real world answer: In October 1997 a Mississippi high school student took a rifle to Pearl High School and killed two students and wounded seven others. Most accounts relate that an assistant principal ran to his locked truck and grabbed a gun and confronted the shooter, preventing him from creating any more carnage and holding him until police arrived.
What many accounts leave out is that the truck was parked a quarter of a mile away, because Mississippi had a gun-free school zones law.
This how Vin Suprynowicz described the events in a 2012 blog posting:
“In a school shooting in Pearl, Miss., in October of 1997, young Luke Woodham had slit his mother’s throat before carrying a .30-30 deer rifle to school.
“Woodham fatally shot two students as Vice Principal Joel Myrick, responding quickly to the sound of shots, dashed to his truck — parked more than a quarter mile away as required by the “gun-free school zone” law — to recover and load his own Colt .45. He then raced back, captured and disarmed Woodham, holding a gun to his head for more than four minutes while waiting for police to arrive. This almost certainly saved lives, as Woodham had declared his intent to also shoot up a nearby elementary school.”
Any further questions?
Two years before the Mississippi shooting, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a similar federal law unconstitutional because Congress had no power to pass such a law. Justice attorneys futilely argued it was covered by Interstate Commerce Clause. The court made it clear the states could create such laws but not Congress.
Or a state can pass a law making it legal.
The digest for AB2 reads:
“Existing law generally makes it a gross misdemeanor to carry or possess certain 2 weapons while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility, or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or a child care facility except in certain circumstances. (NRS 5 202.265) This bill adds an exception so that a person is not prohibited from possessing such weapons on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility if the weapon remains out of public view and if the weapon is: (1) inside a motor vehicle that is occupied or, if the motor vehicle is unoccupied, the motor vehicle is locked; or (2) stored in a locked container that is affixed securely to the motor vehicle.”