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Columbus gun rights group: "This is a better time than any to allow concealed weapons on college grounds"

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Following the March 30 death of 20-year-old Zikarious Flint, who was shot to death by Columbus State University police officer sergeant Ben Scott, a campus gun rights group says this is a better time than any to allow concealed weapons on campus. 

"There's no constitutional right to a college education. There's not a constitutional right to drive a car, but it is a constitutional right to be able to protect yourself," says Georgia Students for Concealed Carry State Director, Jason Stubbs. 

Guns are currently banned on CSU's campus.

"When there is a report of somebody with a gun on campus that is a felony for which we take very seriously and respond to quickly," proclaims Columbus State University Media Relations Director John Lester.

Stubbs says the fatal shooting on CSU's campus is not an issue of whether or not concealed weapons should be allowed on college grounds.

"The story has come out that he was 20 years old. Again, he wasn't legally able to possess a firearm based on Georgia law as it is," Stubbs declares. 

Currently, there are 21 states that ban carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus. Georgia is on the list, and  universities in Alabama have the right to choose individually.
     
Weapons on school property and functions: It is unlawful for a person to carry ANY type of weapon onto any real property (real estate... land or buildings) owned by or leased to any public or private elementary school, secondary school, or school board and used for elementary or secondary education, any public or private technical school, vocational school, college, university, or institution of post secondary education.

The law has many provisions and exemptions. http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/georgia.pdf
 
Stubbs says the shooting is separate and does not reflect the average law abiding citizen that takes steps to legally carry a weapon.

"Our push is- again, I'm 37, I'm former member of the military. There are a lot of other people who are college students, professors,  things of that nature, we're not going around carrying firearms on campus we're respecting the current law which says we can't have them once we leave our vehicles," says Stubbs.

Stubbs wants to see Georgia's law changed. He says criminals are not abiding by the law, leaving others unable to protect themselves if they needed to. 

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