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A-State students react to concealed carry issue

(Source: KAIT) (Source: KAIT)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -

Some students at Arkansas State University said they would like faculty to be allowed to carry guns on campus. 

State law allows faculty and staff at public colleges and universities in Arkansas to carry a weapon as long as they have a concealed carry permit. That same law allows each college and university to choose if the institution wants to opt-out of letting their faculty and staff bear arms. 

This comes after State Representative Charlie Collins announced he is planning on trying to repeal the opt-out option.

Several students said after the recent gunman scares on campus, they would have a better peace of mind knowing faculty could keep them safe. 

“It was a situation that was so close to happening,” said Marissa Bergman, a senior at Arkansas State University.   “When that happens in your own community, that really makes you consider what you need to do.”

Bergman said allowing faculty to carry guns would be beneficial should another potentially dangerous situation arise. 

However, she also said she felt there needed to be an in-depth screening process for faculty before they are allowed to concealed carry.

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