Local Students React to Possible Law Regarding Handguns on College Campuses

by Anayeli Ruiz
NewsWest 9

Guns on college campuses and more than half of the members of the Texas House are behind it. The Governor says he supports the idea. State lawmakers will be taking up the issue soon and NewsWest 9 went to find out what students think about weapons in the classrooms.

"I think it's a bad idea. I don't know, I don't trust a lot of people, " UTPB Student, Alex Oswell, said.

And just like this student, many students expressed their concerns on having concealed handguns on campus. They say guns would not help them feel safer.

"I think it's an awful idea to have guns at schools, it's really dangerous. I wouldn't wanna be in class with someone who had a gun," UTPB Student, Hayley Willis, said.

What Texas lawmakers are trying to do is to allow concealed handguns on university campuses.  So far, more than half of the members of the Texas House are on board to allow weapons at schools.

But some think this could bring danger to younger kids.

"Even younger students at elementary level, they have the idea if my dad can do it, why cant I? I don't think it's a good idea in any form or fashion," UTPB Student, Gilbert Ybarra, said.

If the law passes, Texas would become the second state to allow guns at universities and some think this will not stop a gunman from opening fire on a college campus.

"I think it makes for more potential danger by just letting anyone walk around with a gun," Willis said.

"It would seclude some stuff but it make things worse. Because someone would think you can't touch me and I'll show you that I cant," one UTPB student, said.

But those who think it's a good idea to bring weapons to campus say that the only way to defend themselves from a gunman is with a gun.

"I think it's a great idea, we have the right to protect ourselves. As long as you have your CHL (Concealed Handgun License)," UTPB Student, Heather Spence, said.

Overall, most students NewsWest 9 talked to said they did not like the idea of bringing guns on campus. The Texas Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again.