Utah: Concealed weapons permit class to be held on campus

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The (Webster State University) Signpost is reporting that Students for the Second Amendment is offering a class at WSU for the Utah concealed carry weapon permit. Craig Ball from Impact Guns will teach the three-hour class in the Shepherd Union Building Lair on Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. The class costs $25 for students who belong to the Second Amendment Club and $65 for nonmembers.

From the story:

    Guns are not new to the Weber State University campus, according to Students for the Second Amendment Club staff adviser Nickie Wagner.

    "There are more people carrying guns on campus than you are aware of," Wagner said. "I know personally 15 people."

    People have different reasons why they carry guns on campus, Wagner said.

    "It varies from person to person," she said. "A lot of us feel like it is our right as American citizens. Some of us aren't going to be a victim again -- and I say this from personal experience -- so some carry weapons."

The University of Utah had a ban on campus firearms that was overturned last fall by the state Supreme Court. University officials argued before the state Legislature last summer that some students lacked maturity and faced stressful situations, so they shouldn't have access to such weapons.

However, the report says WSU Interim Police Chief Capt. Dane LeBlanc has said in previous interviews that WSU's campus violent crime rate is among the lowest in the nation. Nor have there been problems with WSU students violating concealed weapons laws.

"We haven't had anything involving a gun on this campus as long as I can remember," LeBlanc told The Signpost.

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