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Lone Star College Students Weigh In On Campus Carry

A bill to allow campus carry is making its way through the Texas Legislature. For students at Lone Star College, the issue hits close to home following recent violent incidents on campus.

 

The Lone Star College System has seen two violent incidents in recent years. In 2013, a shooting at the North Harris campus left three people wounded. Three months later, 14 people were injured in a stabbing at the Cy-Fair campus. Lone Star political science professor John Theis says opinions are mixed on allowing guns on campus.

“I think it’s a little more personal to the students and faculty at Lone Star,” Theis says.

He’s helped organize a forum for the Lone Star community to share their thoughts. Right now, concealed handgun license holders can’t legally carry their weapons on campus. But that may be changing. The Texas Senate has passed a bill to repeal the law, and it now heads to the House.

Proponents say allowing guns could help people defend themselves in an emergency. But others, like student Isaias Deleon, say they prefer to leave campus security in the hands of professionals.

“I would trust somebody who’s trained, who’s gone through the academy and can have their procedures take over instead of having an emotional reaction,” Deleon says.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said he would sign any open carry bill that comes to his desk.

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