Thirteen states are sponsoring bills that would allow concealed guns on college campuses.
Phil Keating reported from Florida State University on “America’s Newsroom” and revealed that a recent poll found that 84 percent of students are opposed to the idea.
Keating noted that this is a very timely issue at FSU, following a shooting outside the university library in November that left three students injured.
21-year-old FSU student Rebekah Hargrove, who carries a weapon at all times except on campus, told Keating, “Walking alone at night anywhere, college campus or not, it can be dangerous. I mean, I’m only 5’3″. If some big man came and tried to attack me, I would have an equalizing weapon if I had a firearm on me.”
Harrison Dubosar, with the FSU student government, disagreed, saying, “The students who think that they’re protecting what is going on or defending whatever is going on, they all have the possibility that they’re going to draw on each other. And no one is going to know and it’s going to be a state of mass confusion.”
In Florida, 12 university presidents also oppose the bill, as do three campus police chiefs, saying, “Weapons on campus will not protect students but create situations for many more tragic incidences.”
Keating said that a key part of the bills is that one must be 21 or older and have passed the required weapon certification training.
He explained that 20 states, including Florida, ban guns on campus, while eight states allow them. Most of the other states leave it up to the universities and colleges.
If the Florida bill passes and is signed by Gov. Rick Scott, it will go into effect at FSU in the fall semester, Keating reported.