Nathaniel Sheetz, 23, a Penn State graduate student in industrial engineering, often carries a handgun. And he can: He has a permit to carry a concealed weapon. But the moment he steps on campus, the permit is no good. Like most other U.S. universities, Penn State prohibits concealed guns on campus, including for those licensed to carry them.
Since an outburst of shootings at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University, Sheetz and some other Penn Staters are looking to assert their gun-carrying privilege on campus. “Even an exceptional response time (from police) doesn’t stop a killer” from a massacre, Sheetz said. “When (police) take minutes to get there — it doesn’t matter to someone who’s willing to commit suicide."
Sheetz and 50 to 100 other Penn State students have loosely aligned themselves with Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. SCCC, a national lobbying group that promotes the allowed weapons on campuses that has grown to some 20,000 supporters over the past 10 months.
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