69 / 38
      62 / 48
      29 / 23

      Concealed handguns on campus?

      File Photo

      Over the last couple of years there has been an argument over whether college students should be able to carry concealed guns on campus.

      More recently after the University of Texas shooting, the questions have come up again. So should college students should be able to carry their firearms on campus?

      The West Texas A&M student body president is asking is it panic or just a long time coming? "I think that there is a place and time for guns or for weapons in general and I believe personally that weapons are a good thing, on the other hand to have weapons on campus could increase the risks of the students on campus," said Tim Vela, the student body president.

      Some students think that having their gun on campus would help prevent casualties in situations like the Virginia Tech tragedy.

      "Well when you go through the process of getting a concealed hand gun license you go through a course of conflict resolution in deciding when to use your fire arm because that is the last line of defense you wanna use, if someone is stupid enough to do that first they shouldn't have a license in the first place. If the federal government gives you a license you should be allowed to carry where ever," said Jay Gurley, a WTAMU student.

      But another student thinks that you should leave it up to the campus police department to do their job and let the students concentrate on learning.

      I don't think they should be able to, there's too many people out there who make very irrational decisions, and I don't think most people have the quality and intelligence to carry fire arms on campus," said Jacob Wyers, a WTAMU student/

      Whether you are for it or against it, right now legislation says you can't. But WTAMU said if the Texas Legislature okay's the idea, it will still not allow students to bring guns on campus.

      The Austin-American Statesman said State Sen. Dan Patrick, a Houston Republican who co-sponsored a bill in 2009 that would have lifted the ban on concealed weapons on college campuses, will sign on to another try when the Legislature convenes in January. Gov. Rick Perry supports allowing properly licensed students to carry concealed weapons on campus.