Attack at Ohio State renews debate over concealed carry on colle - KCTV5

Attack at Ohio State renews debate over concealed carry on college campuses

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JCCC officials say they're constantly working to better safety procedures from training to text alerts. (KCTV5) JCCC officials say they're constantly working to better safety procedures from training to text alerts. (KCTV5)
OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

The attack on the campus of Ohio State University will likely reignite the debate for concealed carry on campuses. 

While Missouri's Council on Public Higher Education says it's not a good idea, proponents say the measure could help protect students and faculty members at the school. 

In Kansas, concealed carry will be legal at colleges beginning in January. Meanwhile, in  Missouri, it's not, but proposals could change that. 

There were four different bills Missouri lawmakers introduced in 2016 for concealed carry.

Mark Bagby, a student at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, say he's a gun owner, but his opinion has changed on concealed carry laws. 

"I am a gun owner, but I am not sure about concealed carry on a college campus," Bagby said. "Now I realize all it takes is one or two kids to get into an argument." 

Student Talhae Javed agreed with Bagby. 

"Many people are not mentally well and if you allow everyone to have guns, things can be catastrophic," Javed said. 

Kansas campuses are preparing for guns on their campuses. 

That includes Johnson County Community College. The campus is now outfitted with nearly 400 cameras. 

JCCC officials say they're constantly working to better safety procedures from training to text alerts.

"The phones are going to vibrate, buzz, and ring saying we have an active shooter," said Officer Dan Robles. "To let them know we have an incident going on right now."

In Kansas, there are mixed reactions among students. 

"It makes me feel more safe because you have to be registered and all that to be on campus," said Brad Jones of Lawrence. 

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