Lawmakers consider allowing handguns on Oklahoma college campuses

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Guns on college campuses, a topic that's now sparking heated debate between lawmakers and educators.

A committee comprised of Oklahoma Senators and Representatives met on Wednesday to discuss allowing students to carry concealed, licensed handguns.

Some college presidents are calling it a recipe for disaster.

"The risk reward, just does not seem to fit," said Burns Hargis, president for Oklahoma State University. "There really is no ground swell of support for this idea."

"We're trying to figure out how we can make our campuses safe," said State Representative John Enns.

Lawmakers from the House and Senate are looking for answers on keeping campuses safer, following last month's deadly attack at a plant in Moore.

"Now we've got, like the FBI said, lone wolf terrorism," said Enns. "We've got to be vigilant, and where are they gonna go? They're going to gun free zones."

Several universities are claiming the current system works.

"We think that the better approach is to keep with the system we have," said Hargis. "Keep the law, it`s working, our students are safe."

Lawmakers believe there could be a middle ground.

"If you want extra training, let`s give them extra training," said Enns. "If you say the brain is not fully developed until you`re 24, let's say start at 24."

"Look if you want to experiment with this idea, why don`t you do it right here in this building," said Hargis. "Do it in the Capitol. I mean why do it on our campus."

Under the current police, students are required to ask college president for permission to carry their concealed firearms. UCO's president tells KFOR he is against guns on campus as well, saying they will not make it safer for students.


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