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Ohio State University Students Testify on Proposal to Lift Concealed Carry Ban

photo of OSU students testifying
ANDY CHOW
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STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Lawmakers could vote next week on a proposal to lift the automatic ban on concealed weapons on college campuses. Many Ohio State University students visited the Statehouse to call on Senators to reject the bill. 

Right now concealed weapons are automatically banned from a list of places including college campuses, day cares and airport terminals. 

After Monday’s attack at OSU, several students say allowing people to be armed is not the answer. That includes second-year student Spencer Dirrig of Powell.

“The problem is that, when we were huddled up, and we were hiding from an attacker that we didn’t know the location of and we didn’t know what weapons they had at no point in time did any of us think that having a gun would make us more safe.”

But a pro-concealed carry OSU student testified she felt helpless during the attack without her firearm.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.