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Patrick Neville, Columbine Survivor, Pushes Bill to End Gun-Free Zones

Patrick Neville, Columbine Survivor, Pushes Bill to End Gun-Free Zones

Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, a survivor of the Columbine massacre in 1999, is attempting — again — to introduce legislation to remove limitations on concealed carry in schools. (Patrick For Colorado)

By    |   Tuesday, 20 February 2018 12:01 PM

Patrick Neville, a Columbine survivor and Colorado House Minority Leader, has introduced legislation there that would strike down restrictions on concealed carry weapons in schools, the Washington Times reported.

Neville, who attended Columbine High School during the 1999 mass shooting there that killed 12 students, a teacher and the two perpetrators, wants to get rid of the current Colorado law that forces those bringing firearms to school property to keep them locked in their vehicles, the Times said.

"This act would allow every law-abiding citizen who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios," the Republican lawmaker said in a statement, according to the Times.

Neville said more of his Columbine classmates in Littleton, Colorado, would still be alive if someone in the faculty would have been armed that day, the Times reported.

"As a former Columbine student who was a sophomore during the shootings on April 20, 1999, I will do everything in my power to prevent Colorado families from enduring the hardships my classmates and I faced that day," Neville said, per the Times. "Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones."

Neville's bill in the Colorado legislature is being cosponsored by State Sen. Tim Neville.

"With certain exceptions, current law limits the authority of a person who holds a valid permit to carry a concealed handgun by prohibiting a permit holder from carrying a concealed handgun on public elementary, middle, junior high, or high school grounds. The bill removes this limitation," read a statement on the Colorado General Assembly website.

News of the legislation comes days after Nikolas Cruz, 19, allegedly opened fire using an AR-15 rifle at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where he was a former student, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others, Fox News reported.

The Washington Times reported that some of Stoneman Douglas survivors are expected to lead a so-called March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on March 24 to pressure Congress for stricter gun-control laws in order to "end gun violence and mass shootings in our schools today."

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