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Armed and studious

The Muncie Star Press doesn't think much of the idea of concealed weapons on the Ball State campus:

In Indiana, there is one very good reason for a campus ban on concealed weapons: Just about anyone can get a gun for any reason.

The only requirement for a gun permit is that you pay the fee, which runs around $100 or so, depending on whether you are applying for a four-year or lifetime permit.

There is no requirement gun owners actually be trained to use their weapons.

But that's not so much an argument against concealed weapons on campus as it is an argument for the need to rethink the state's concealed carry law, to require training, for example. If the state law were changed to suit the newpaper editors, would they then approve of concealed carry on campus? I doubt it.


Larry Morris
Thu, 11/13/2008 - 12:50pm

Wow, that's hard to believe. Texas, in addition to all the background checks, requires 10 hours of class work and a range test, ...

Bob G.
Thu, 11/13/2008 - 4:01pm

I say don't let them do a concealed-carry gig.

Let them do it the way the PIONEERS did...
Sling a shotgun over your shoulder along with those schoolbooks...!
Nothing to conceal THERE, right?

And who's going to be dumb enough to wrest it from you, or even attempt to start trouble with 30 other long gun toting students within easy reach?

Might even bring back "ciivility" among people...whatta concept.


Larry Morris
Thu, 11/13/2008 - 4:37pm

Interesting point Bob, you'd be surprised at the number of states that already allow open carry of handguns. An advocacy group is pushing for it here in Texas (no, you'd think we already have that down here, being the old west and all, but we don't) and I'm leaning to their support. At lest that way, the bad guys are sure of the score,