Some Embry-Riddle students pushing to carry weapons on campus

by Tracy Jacim, WOGX.com  |  published on December 7, 2012

Some Central Florida college students are pushing for their right to bear arms, with allowances to not only bring weapons onto campus, but also into the classroom.

The idea is growing in popularity in other parts of the country, and now it’s catching on at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach.

Students for Concealed Carry are hoping for a change in state laws and school policy regulating concealed weapons, just months after a robbery took place in close proximity to campus dormitories. A robber took the wallets from some people as they passed through a parking lot. No one was injured, but the incident still weighs heavy on the minds of some students.

“It just makes me feel awfully vulnerable when that kind of stuff happens,” said freshman Connor Brown. “Our campus is very open, so anyone can come through whenever they please.”

Embry-Riddle has a number of public roads that run right through campus, which is one of reasons why Connor said he has joined the sixty or so other students who belong to Students for Concealed Carry at ERAU. It’s a nationwide movement, and this is its newest chapter.

“We wish to help at state level efforts to change legislation,” said chapter president Steve McClellan. “Even if we never get to reap the benefits of our own actions, we wish to help others do the same.”

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