Organization Wants to Bring Concealed Weapons to College Campuses

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -- Should college students be allowed to carry concealed weapons on campus?  One national organization says yes, and they want to start a chapter on the Arkansas State University Jonesboro campus.

"Students for Concealed Carry on Campus" has a local representative: graduate student Jessica Crociata.  She told Region 8 News there are two reasons the national program was formed.

"One reason is to inform the public and the public is everyone from students to state lawmakers.  The second reason is to push state legislation and lawmakers and school administrators to allow concealed weapon holders to carry their weapons on campus," said Jessica Crociata.

Crociata said there is currently not a local chapter of the organization at ASU but she wants to get one started.  She said her first goal is to go through the proper channels to get the organization established on ASU's campus.

"I would like to see this campus take active participation in the national group's protests and organizational involvement," said Crociata.

Vice Chancellor for student affairs Dr. Rick Stripling tells Region 8 news he hasn't heard of this organization before since it is not active on the campus and that Arkansas State University will follow the laws established by the state.

It is a violation of the Arkansas Concealed Handgun License Law to carry a concealed handgun on any school or college campus.  Utah is the only state that does allow concealed weapons on campus.

And Crotiata said she understands the fears of some students.

"I think it's a scary thing to think of concealed weapons on campus, but in the same respect weapons on campus are becoming a devastating tool in our country," said Crotiata.