The panel entitled “Armed and Fabulous” at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) consisted of four women advocating for nationwide gun rights. Meanwhile, the Campus Gun Ban bill is pending in Maryland Senate just a few miles down the road.
The panelists included Kimberly Corban, Ashlee Lundvall, Kristi McMains, and Antonia Okafor: all women who see a great need for concealed firearms. Kristi testified how her firearm saved her life last year when she was assaulted. Ashlee stressed the need for the disabled community to be able to protect themselves. Antonia focused on rules that prohibit concealed firearms on college campuses, and she has personally spearheaded movements to change this.
“I want this decision to be mine and not campus security’s,” Antonia explained during the panel. She also mentioned how she wasn’t always aware she could be involved on her campus in this way. “When I realized that I have the option to advocate for something as a student…[I realized] campus carry is something I could be involved in.”
This also seems to be a pressing issue for student Claudia Fochios, who has spent much of her time at CPAC pleading with conservatives to be aware of the Campus Gun Ban bill in the state of Maryland, which has passed in the House but not yet in the Senate. In an interview, Claudia explained the bill:
“It is a bill that will have a weapons-free campus, and if you are caught on campus with a weapon…even if you are carrying legally…you will lose your second amendment right indefinitely with no way to get it back.”
Claudia also described what this means for women, especially if they are put in compromising or dangerous positions. “When you make a weapons-free campus, you are putting all of these women in jeopardy who have gone through the conceal and carry process and who state police say is equipped enough to have a firearm…we need to make sure we are allowing our women to protect themselves.”
Advocates for gun rights and rights to carry concealed firearms on college campuses should be aware of their state’s legislation on the issue. Antonia realized this, and said during her panel, “I decided I’m going to be out there and fight for it because as a woman I have a right to defend myself.”
Watch what student Claudia had to say about Maryland’s possible Campus Gun Ban bill below.
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