Cedarville University considers allowing concealed handguns on campus

CEDARVILLE, OH  (WCMH) – An Ohio university could soon be the first school in the state to allow concealed weapons on campus. Cedarville University says it’s a proposal that’s been under consideration for a month, but now the university is ready to act. 


The Board of Trustees will decide if university faculty and staff with concealed-carry licenses will be allowed to carry guns on campus.


“The overwhelming response was 92 percent in favor of some form of concealed carry,” said Mark Weinstein, university spokesperson.


It’s a policy that was made possible by a law signed by governor John Kasich in March to allow concealed guns on college campuses.


“If there were an intruder then I feel like having a license to carry would be very convenient for defense purposes,” said student Jordan Fredricks. 


Greene County Sheriff Gene Fischer worked with the university on its plan by answering questions at a panel discussion last month.


“Statistically we know that most active shooters end when they are confronted,” said Fischer. 


School officials closely studied concealed carry policies at the University of Kansas, Texas and Utah. All institutions that allow faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on campus.


“The administration, the president believes allowing the faculty the opportunity to exercise their second amendment right and the policy that he has drafted is the best policy for the university. We’ll see what the trustees say,” said Weinstein. 


The Board of Trustees will make their final decision later this week.

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