Donald Trump's call to encourage guns in schools may sound radical even by the standards of the current gun rights movement, but the reality is state legislators and activists all over the U.S. are pushing to expand gun owners' rights to bring firearms into schools and onto college campuses, Politico reports. Gun proponents are sure to be emboldened by the literal call to arms from the Republican front-runner. “There’s no more gun-free zones” in a Trump presidency, the candidate said last Thursday night, singling out schools and military bases. “You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait. My first day, it gets signed.” Trump has been pushing gun rights vigorously in response to President Obama's move to tighten gun regulations. When he singled out schools in addition to military bases, it brought into the national limelight a fight that is already hot in many states.
Colorado, North Dakota, Wyoming and Michigan considered bills last year to allow concealed weapons in elementary and secondary schools, none of which became law. The Florida House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill to allow guns on college campuses, which is widely opposed by college campus police and presidents. In Missouri, Republican state Sen. Bob Dixon has pre-filed “campus carry” legislation for the coming legislative session, invoking the 2007 killings at Virginia Tech. A Kentucky lawmaker filed a bill this session that would allow guns in vocational schools. On Facebook, Dixon said in reply to a question about his bill that in spite of a ban on guns, many people died at Virginia Tech because they had no weapons. The federal Gun-Free School Zones Act bans possessing a firearm in a school zone, and presumably Trump would not be able to overturn it without congressional action.