While Mr. Guillory said he supports concealed carry, he said he had doubts about the policy’s effectiveness in deterring campus gunmen, mainly because most students are unfamiliar with firearms. California law requires permit-holders to undergo 16 hours of training, which isn’t enough to give them the experience they would need in a school-shooting emergency, he said.
Instead, he suggested that universities install panic buttons or containers of pepper spray behind glass, such as they do now with fire extinguishers.
“I’d be comfortable with an administrator or someone with more than the state-required 16 hours of training, yes,” said Mr. Guillory. “Someone carrying a gun out of fear of victimization, no Universities are a target-rich environment, but there are alternative means of dealing with this.”
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Valerie Richardson covers politics and the West from Denver. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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