(Chuck Muth) – Liberal Nevada State Sen. Greg Brower, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been single-handedly blocking a vote on Amanda’s Law, a bill (AB148) that would allow licensed concealed carry permit holders to carry their weapons on college and university campuses.
The law is named after Amanda Collins, who in 2007 was brutally raped in the parking garage at UNR and unable to defend herself because it was unlawful for her to carry her handgun with her on campus.
Amanda has been tirelessly working to change the current “victim disarmament” law since 2011.
Brower’s shameful efforts to kill Amanda’s Law reminds me of something conservative columnist Ann Coulter once wrote…
“Liberals’ advice to rape and domestic abuse victims is: Lie back and enjoy it. The (New York) Times’ advice is: Get a protective order. The National Rifle Association’s advice is: Blow the dirt bag’s head off.”
Can I get an “Amen!”?
If legislative Republicans quit on Amanda’s Law and kill it, shame on them!
And if Amanda’s Law is killed under complete GOP control of the legislative process, maybe it’s time for everybody to register “non-partisan” – ‘cause there isn’t a lick of a difference between a tax-hiking, anti-gun Democrat and a tax-hiking, anti-gun Republican.
UPDATE I: Last Friday, Assembly Judiciary Chairman Ira Hansen blew right by Brower’s roadblock of Amanda’s Law and added the campus carry bill as an amendment to SB175, an omnibus gun rights bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, which has already been passed by the Senate.
Roberson and other senators are now in the position of approving SB175 with the campus carry provision that they have already voted for/supported in previous sessions included…or killing both bills.
Of course, you’d have to be, like, totally stupid to kill two important gun bills that are important to your base.
UPDATE II: Continuing their habit of never blowing an opportunity to blow an opportunity, Republicans in the Senate are, indeed, threatening to kill both bills if campus carry is included in SB175.
As such, some of the GOP “nervous Nellies” in the Assembly are now going wobbly on us and appear prepared to cave in and kill half the baby – perpetuating the political strategy of declaring defeat and going home perfected by former Assembly Minority Leader Pat “The Appeaser” Hickey in the last session.
Among the reported “wobblies”…
- Speaker John Hambrick, John.Hambrick@asm.state.nv.us
- Majority Leader Paul Anderson, Paul.Anderson@asm.state.nv.us
- Assemblyman James Oscarson, James.Oscarson@asm.state.nv.us
- Assemblyman Jim Wheeler, Jim.Wheeler@asm.state.nv.us
Two years ago Assemblyman Wheeler was leading the charge for campus carry. In fact, his action alert on the bill that session is still up on his website! Click here
He was also relentless in attacking the opposition’s arguments in the committee hearing on the bill, including this devastating takedown of Caden Fabbi of UNR’s student senate…
“How is a weapon that you do not know is there a distraction? Also, would you not think that a rapist on the loose on your campus may also be a distraction?”
And of University Chancellor Dan Klaich…
“You stated that colleges are a sensitive area. Are you saying that across the street is not a sensitive area if it has child care and a restaurant? What I am trying to figure out is what the difference is. Why would I be allowed as a CCW carrier across the street, but not on the institute of academia?”
And in a follow-up to Klaich…
“Mr. Klaich, you stated there needs to be a general risk for a CCW permit holder to be allowed to carry on campus. There are 13 registered sex offenders attending Truckee Meadows Community College, yet no one has been allowed to carry a weapon there. Would that not constitute a general risk?”
And here’s what Molly Moser of the Nevada Media Alliance wrote in a story after Amanda testified in favor of campus carry in 2013…
“Assemblyman Jim Wheeler was deeply moved by Collins’ testimony, shedding tears as he responded to her. ‘I’m sorry,’ Wheeler said.”
Yet now he supports removing the campus carry amendment from SB175…which would kill campus carry AGAIN?
Say it ain’t so, Jim!
UPDATE III: Sad – VERY sad – to report that the 800-pound Second Amendment gorilla in the legislative building appears to have transformed itself into…Curious George.
Indeed, instead of coming out with all political guns blazing to pressure GOP state senators to pass the omnibus gun rights bill WITH campus carry included, the National Rifle Association (NRA) appears to be perfectly content to sit on the sidewalk and watch the legislative parade go by.
Indeed, instead of turning up the heat on wishy-washy Senate Republicans to pass both bills, the NRA reportedly is turning up the heat on their staunchest supporters in the Assembly, urging them to concede defeat without a fight and kill campus carry for the third session in a row by removing the amendment from SB175.
Does anyone have the phone number for Gun Owners of America?