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Lawmakers, students, employees debate concealed weapons on campus

Students, employees debate concealed weapons on campus

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Lawmakers debated a bill on Wednesday that would repeal the right to conceal and carry on public college campuses and stadiums.

University of Colorado spokesperson Ken McConnellogue said this is an especially relevant issue at UCCS. He said its because there is a higher percentage of students over 21 years old and therefore, more people eligible for conceal-and-carry permits.

McConnellogue said people have only been allowed to conceal and carry on University of Colorado campuses since August.  He said the university is not taking a stance on the issue but it will follow the bill very closely in the legislature.

This follows on the heels of other gun control initiatives in the Capitol.  According to The Associated Press, Colorado democrats gave initial approval to expand background checks for gun sales and instituting ammunition limits.

"I think with the recent events that have happened that it's probably a good idea that people have weapons because you never know what's going to happen," said UCCS student Devyn Sanchez.

She has former military experience and she was introduced to guns at a young age.

"It's an everyday thing, I guess, so people who don't know about weapons are scared of them," said Sanchez. "I think [people] have the right because they have the training, they go through gun classes, they have the right to carry."

UCCS custodian Joshua Taylor disagreed with Sanchez.

"It just recently hit me.  I would carry a concealed weapon but I wouldn't allow it on campus," said Taylor.

Taylor backs the bill's sponsors and their push for this to be passed.

"I think they should take it away because if everyone here carries a concealed weapon, who do you know is going to go postal?" said Taylor.

Student Kate Connelly said even if the new bill is passed, it won't make a difference.

"I guess if we did take it away and someone still did have a gun and they still wanted it, they could still carry it without people knowing, I'm not sure it would change a lot," said Connelly.

She said she didn't give much thought to the idea of fellow students concealing and carrying guns in her classes.

"I feel like if someone wanted to do something like they did in Aurora they would find a way to do it no matter what the laws about guns were. I mean it would probably make it harder but they would still find a way to do it if they wanted to," said Connelly.

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