Firearms

The overall percentage of firearms reported in homes for the whole of the United States.
The overall percentage of firearms reported in homes for the whole of the United States.  

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Texas Reviews Guns on Campus
Published Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Last week, Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, and Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, filed bills to let students licensed to carry concealed handguns take their weapons on campus. The bill would let concealed-handgun permit holders, who must be at least 21, carry loaded guns on campus. This is just one proposal of the many concealed-carry law expansions that the Texas Capitol has been considering this session. Another bill considers letting Texans buy rifles and shotguns in noncontiguous states, allowing counties to regulate noise, which could affect shooting ranges, and letting employees with concealed-handgun permits leave their guns in their locked cars at work.

All states have gun laws regarding on-campus.  26 states prohibit guns in schools; 23 let schools decide; and, in 2008, 17 states attempted to reform these laws. Every state also has laws prohibiting the purchase of firearms weapons by many who may be considered violent or have a history of criminal behavior. Many of the firearm application rejections come from previous felonies, misdemeanors, and restraining orders.  Some applications are actually from fugitives. The main sources of firearms for criminals are friends and family plus illegal purchasing or activities such as robbery or burglary. The percentage of homeowners who have guns in their homes remained steady at 40-50% throughout 1959-1993, after which a decline occurred and remains at 36-42%.  As for crimes in schools and colleges, according to the FBI, knives are used 3 times more than guns.  

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U.S. Department Of Justice: Firearms - http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/guns.htm
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Protect Safe Neighborhoods - http://www.psn.gov/
Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful.