After Crimes This Fall, Some VCU Students Push for Concealed Weapons

December 6, 2012

Online Story by DeeVa Payne
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RICHMOND, Va. — Recent crimes in the VCU area have brought attention to the possibility of students being able to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) are a student organization that is pushing for legislation that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus.

President of the SCCC, John Allen, says they haven’t been able to pass any legislation yet, but the group has had a positive semester because of all the recent crime.

“We’ve had incredible membership growth in just the past month at or campus level. And we’ve had a lot more support from the grass roots and gun rights associations in VA. We’re hoping to build the momentum and try to make things happen,” he said.

While members and supporters of SCCC believe students should have the right to protect themselves while on campus, Students for Gun Free Schools believes the simple presence of more weapons on campus increases danger.

Andrew Goddard became a member of Students for Gun Free Schools after his son survived the infamous Virginia Tech shootings and started the organization.

“I don’t think that it is necessary to have a loaded weapon by your side at every location. If you are going to a location where you know that crime rates are extremely low, why would you need to have that?” he said.

Students for Gun Free Schools have been very successful in stopping legislation that is pro guns on campus. Goddard says the organization has been actively pursuing pro-gun legislation for the last four to five years.

The National Conference of State Legislatures says that in the Commonwealth of Virginia the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses is made by each college or university individually.