Gun control debate spreads to college campuses

College students are joining the fight to allow conceal carry on campus.
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There is a new push to allow Indiana college students to carry guns on campus, as many U.S. lawmakers are calling for stricter gun laws.

That is part of the reason Ball State student Damon Cox got involved with Students for Conceal Carry on Campus.

"Make sure we are maintaining and keeping the rights that we have," he said.

Cox and hundreds of other students are fighting a battle he believes had already been fought and won, until he came to Ball State.

"The fact that Ball State is a state-ran school and we don't have the Second Amendment rights on campus is shocking to a lot of people," Cox said.

Students for Carry Conceal on Campus has chapters at most state-owned schools in Indiana. For Cox, who has a valid Indiana license to carry a gun, he cannot do so on campus. He and other students believe their constitutional rights should not have boundaries.

"I believe and many other students believe that we should have the right to defend ourselves by any means necessary, in the event a tragedy occurs," Cox said.

It is the same belief some Indiana lawmakers have. A proposed law would allow students with a valid license to carry a handgun to do so.

In Washington, the gun control debate is at a fevered pitch. Congress will likely attempt to ban high-capacity magazines, closing loopholes for background checks at gun shows and ban so-called "assault rifles."

"For protection is the only reason you should have one," said Ball State student Graham Mueller. "It is a hard topic, but I think they...I know there have been people getting robbed late at night."

The Indiana legislation has been assigned to the Senate Rules Committee, and there is no word on when the committee will debate the bill.