New proposal would allow guns on campus

3:41 AM, Jan 21, 2011   |    comments
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Debate is brewing over a proposed bill that would allow guns on Florida college and university campuses.

State Senator Greg Evers, R-Crestview, filed the bill that changes a law that bans guns on all school campuses. If the bill passes, licensed gun owners would be able to carry a gun from public property to any college campus. University of Central Florida police said on Thursday that the campus agency opposes the idea.

"I disagree with that," said UCF student Tania Manshadi. "I automatically think of school shootings and to see someone walk around with a gun in their backpack, I don't think it's right."

Students expect to be safe at school but the Virginia Tech massacre killed more than 30 people and proved college campuses are not always safe.

UCF staffer, Mike Blondeau, said the proposal would make campus safer and said, "Gun-free zones seem to be where a lot of people want to go to do bad things."

Patrick McConachi agreed and said, "I'm a fan of it because you know what happened in Virginia, the students weren't able to protect themselves and I don't see any cops around here."

"It scares me to have random students having concealed weapons, so maybe we should just have better security," said Jennifer Trinh, who can't decide how she feels about the topic.

Tyler Lenz worries about shooters who aim to kill, as well as accidents. He said, "If we have more people carrying weapons, that's more of a chance of someone getting hurt, like one going off on accident."

Just this month, a Florida State University student accidentally shot and killed Ashley Cowie in an off-campus apartment.

The controversial proposal comes only hours before University of Central Florida police plan to drill teachers and students on how to survive an attack. That training session will happen on Friday. Meanwhile, UCF police are not alone in opposing the bill. Authorities at University of Florida and other state colleges and universities have reportedly disagreed with the proposed bill.

 

Local 6, Orlando

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