Rep. Cebra: Gun-free campuses are magnets for murderers

Would you post a sign announcing that your home is a gun-free zone? Would you feel safer? Criminals don’t obey these signs. In fact, these signs actually attract criminals. To criminals, places where their victims are disarmed look like easy targets.

So why do we put up these signs in other places? The Maine Legislature will soon vote on whether to lift the ban on permitted concealed handguns on school or university property. Opponents’ fears over this are exactly the same as their fears regarding the original permitted concealed handgun law, and they are just as wrong.

about the authors

State Rep.Richard Cebra, R-Naples, is serving in his fifth non-consecutive term in the Maine State Legislature. John Lott is a gun rights advocate and the president of the Crime Prevention Research Center (


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