DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A bill before the Ohio Senate could allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus if the university allows it. 2 NEWS Reporter Jordan Bowen spoke with University of Dayton students and has reaction from universities who are keeping a close eye on the proposed legislation.
Currently under Ohio law, concealed and carry permit holders are only allowed to have a gun on campus if it is securely locked in a motor vehicle. If house bill 48 does pass, it would up to schools to decide whether or not students could have guns on campus. University Of Dayton Junior Matt Stephen says he could see the benefits.
“I think it definitely could help just because all the stuff going on,” Stephen said. “If teachers are able to carry a gun and they know how to use it in an intelligent way it might be able to help keep some student safer than in the past with what’s happen.”
Student Ellen Park doesn’t agree. She says guns aren’t meant for the classroom
“I just think I would be uncomfortable if I knew the kid sitting next me in class had a gun in his shirt or pants,” Park said. “I just think gun violence is a very prominent problem in our country and I think longjohns to be in the classroom would cause more problems than good.”
In a statement, University of Dayton officials say, “The University of Dayton does not permit firearms on campus. If the pending bill becomes law and changes the rules, we will assess our policy at that point.” Along with the University Of Dayton, Ohio University issued a statement saying, “The university is monitoring house bill 48 as it works through the legislative process. If or when the bill becomes law, we will analyze the impact on university policies and procedures.”
Senior Flannery Cohill, originally from Blacksburg Virginia, says she remembers being in middle school when the Virginia Tech shooting in her town.
“If a professor had a gun and was able to keep it safe in a desk or closet in the classroom that would be more safe feeling for me than a student just carrying one,” Cohill said.
House bill 48 was passed by the Ohio house back in November. Currently, The Ohio Senate Committee on government oversight and Reform committee is reviewing the bill.