One local college president says 'no way' to campus guns

Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 11:45am

It's called the "Personal Protection on Campus Act," a bill David Simpson says will restore the rights of Texas college students to defend themselves by carrying licensed handguns.

"I don't want students to have to choose between self defense and education. I believe it's an individual right to protect one's self and the government should secure that right," Simpson said.

He says there are 71 campuses in 3 different states that already allow it.

"About 30 of them have allowed it for about 5 years and I think there's good reason to show that it's helped," Simpson said.

Kilgore College President Bill Holda doesn't think the bill is a good idea.

He says even in situations outside of school, it has caused confusion.

"...where you have multiple shooters and innocent people were killed by other people who had concealed licensed handguns because they weren't sure who was the shooter and who was the defender," Holda said.

Holda says many students who are under 21 and not yet able to carry a licensed handgun are concerned.

"They actually feel that it creates for them an environment that is not open and that it is actually intimidating," Holda said.

Holda says the chances a person carrying a concealed handgun will be in the same location as a shooter - are remote at best.

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