ALbany State students Caryn Ivey and Emani Mitchell
Albany state students talk about concealed weapons on campus
College students on gun control
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -
The debate over whether you should be able to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses and in churches is once again coming up at the state capitol. It remains a controversial subject with opinions for both sides.
Nearly seven years after the country's most deadly campus shooting at Virginia Tech, gun legislation continues to be a hot topic.
Albany State student Caryn Ivey says, "I' don't think it's a good idea cuz it leads to more trouble and violence and somebody gets hurt."
Georgia lawmakers will again debate whether guns should be allowed on college campuses and in places of worship. Emani Mitchell is a college student and says, "I feel like my safety would be at harm even in church where is a place I should feel safe."
Utah is the only state that allows people to carry concealed weapons on all its public college campuses. Albany state student Antavious Hood says, "I believe civilians should be able to have the right to carry and posses weapons as long as it's licensed."
Albany State rules allow a concealed weapon inside a vehicle but it cannot be taken out onto campus grounds. Chief John Fields Jr says he will follow any new legislation but prefers the laws the way they are. And that parents expect the campus police to protect the students. And having open gun laws could cause more issues.
Some of the students we spoke to say they feel safe during the day on campus but not so much at night. Bruce Burkes is a student at Albany State and says, "Police here on campus have a good response time if something like hear a gun shot you will hear sirens quick."
Whatever Georgia lawmakers decide people still remain divided on the issue. Antavious Hood says, "I believe that people should be able to protect themselves" Emani Mitchell says, "Unless it's army or military I don't think so" And Caryn Ivey says, "Having that is an open invitation into trouble."
One local preacher told us he believes in the 2nd amendment and feels safe knowing there is a GBI agent carrying a concealed weapon in his congregation, but other preachers say guns have no place in churches.
No bill has been introduced yet, but house and senate leaders say they will work on new legislation that might give college and church leaders the option of allowing guns on their property.