Students for Concealed Carry

Students for Concealed Carry

POSTED: Thursday, June 13, 2013 - 7:48pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 9:29am

A senior at Stephen F. Austin State University started a group to bring awareness to student's second amendment rights.

It's a national organization called Students for Concealed Carry.

Under Texas law, schools do not allow students, faculty or visitors to carry or bring any kind of firearm to class.

But, a national organization is pushing to change this law --and this group in Nacogdoches is doing the same.

"It's such a big issue right now with all that's happening across the nation with the school shooting in Connecticut and the stabbing that happened in Houston,"  said Founder Josh Brown.

Brown applied for a leadership position through the national Students for Concealed Carry organization.

The organization requires at least five members to form a chapter and a stamp of approval from the university.

In March, Brown formed Students for Concealed Carry chapter at Stephen F. Austin State University.

"We just want people to defend themselves in an event where an attack happens," said Brown.

The SFA chapter now has 41 members and is planning to hold self defense and CHL classes to bring awareness to the issue.

In April, they encouraged students to carry an empty holster to symbolize their message.

Brown says they plan on doing this protest again in the fall.

But, some SFA students are not on board.

"If you want to do it recreational or something but carrying it around campus that's just going to open a door for problems," said SFA Senior Aaron Camp.

"Having a gun doesn't solve the problem. I feel like it worsens it," said SFA Senior Terry Bradley.

But, a parent of a future SFA student says he would feel more at ease if concealed handguns were allowed to be carried on the college campus.

"If they had guns it would deter criminals on trying to do stuff coming into school and having mass shootings and they would think twice about what they would do," said parent Michael Olivarez.

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My daughter starts college in the fall and has done the handgun class. I wish her college had the right to carry. I would feel better about her being on her own. Don't get me wrong, I think they should have to pass all state training and be licensed first for their own safty and others. But if someone is trying to take your life you should be able to defend themselves (No matter where you are). I am proud to see the students of SFA standing up for their own safty and others, wish there were more

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