This bill is backed by the NRA. I'm not sure what to think about that. This is, from my searches, the only bill still alive that might do some good. Appart from the changes in 45-9-53, it seems ok. It's just the fact there were much better bills out there that didn't get backing from the NRA. Why no support?
While certainly not as much as we would like to see, campus carry is a pretty big step. I do wish, however, that public universities were prohibited from making anti-firearm policies. It will be interesting to see how those are dealt with if this bill makes it all the way. Removing the prohibition against church carry is also something many carriers would find advantageous.
I've read through the bill again. 45-9-53, as amended in this bill, looks pretty good. I wish there was full preemption, but better than nothing. On the other hand, 97-37-17 and 45-9-101, as amended, might be in conflict over students who have permits carrying on college/university campuses. I'm thinking students with permits would be barred from carrying on their campus. Also, "any school, college or professional athletic event not related to firearms" will still be in 45-9-101's prohibited places. So, there is still plenty of stuff to work on even if this is signed into law.
The worst part about the house bill that passed is it doesn't do anything for those of us from out of state. In the end though it really just means effort needs to be put forth to return the carrying of arms, with the exception of concealed arms, back to unlicensed and unlimited by the state.
SB2469 removed and clarified instead of adding and complicating things like HB506. IMO, SB2469 was far superior. Don't get me wrong, HB506 is ok, but in the wrong courtroom you're screwed.
I was reading the bill, SB2469, and I am still am not completely clear on what constitutes "the secured area", had the bill passed. For example, where I live the schools have actual city police officers in the school during school hours. Would that mean that the ENTIRE school would be considered a "secure area"? Or would it mean that the cop(s) would have to be "screening" each individual that entered the school? I tend to think the latter would be the usual interpretation, but I'd like a second opinion.
If you look at the security at airports, there a two sections. One is secured and the other is not. Guess which one is secured. Of course, it's the one where they screen everyone. I think your definition of "secured area" is correct.