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PSU Students React to Approval of Policies Allowing Concealed Weapons on Campus beginning July 1

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          The Kansas Board of Regents has approved university policies for complying with a state law that will allow concealed weapons on college campuses. It takes effect July first 2017.
         
As Pittsburg State University students studied for final exams they shared divided  opinions about allowing people twenty-one and older  to carry  concealed weapons on campus.

Zachary Shaw, a senior said,
I think it'd be a good idea. If there ever was an intruder on campus or whatever, then there would be a quicker response time."

Kyle Hostetler, who
s graduating in December disagreed, "I dont believe adding more guns to the situation  will fix it. I think it will actually make it worse. If you put more guns into a situation, you have to identify who's the actual shooter and whos the bystander."

Antoine Pintiere, an MBA student from France said, "I imagine that every people around me can have a weapon on him and just  use it as soon as he wanted. It
s really scary. Im actually almost happy Im leaving the campus before this law is getting applied here.

Others dont see a need to worry.
Sophomore Jena Black said she
s  "Not necessarily nervous because most people who are concealed carry are very  responsible  with  their guns." 
And some students would carry themselves.
Ramey Sorem said,
Im not twenty-one yet but when I am twenty-one yeah. My dads always carried. My fiancé has always  carried. It doesnt bother me one bit."  

The newly approved policies bring universities into compliance with state law. Firearms can
t be carried by those mentally ill, with alcohol abuse problems or felony convictions. But some students doubt rules will make a difference. 

Karisa Garber, a sophomore said, "I feel like either way if people want guns, they
re gonna carry them, whether its legal or not."

And one student says he knows some who already carry. Ahmad Pettigrew, a senior from New Jersey said, "A couple people that do just to feel safe. Just with the kids getting shot at schools, college kids going outrageous coming and shooting up people, killing innocent people for  no reason."

The university
s  been working several years on its policy getting input from faculty, staff and students.  Now theyll go into implementation mode.

University spokesperson Chris Kelly explained,
Well have several informational sessions to alert campus to exactly what the policy says, what it means and preparing for that July first implementation date."
    
Some rules from the policy include that guns must be in a holster with the safety on even when worn or when stored in a dorm in a storage device with a key lock.
          Under the new law, universities will not have to permit concealed guns in buildings that have certain security measures including metal detectors. But the security measures are generally are considered too expensive for most campus buildings. PSU does not plan to have any gun free zones. But officials say one can be designated for a special event if the extra security measures like detectors or guards are  added.
         
         
         

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