Let students carry

by Stephen Oles, Sharpsburg

I commend Mr. Crane for his support of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I do, however, have serious concerns about his proposed bill to eliminate concealed carry pistol permits (CCP), which would allow any Georgia resident to carry concealed.

My first concern is that the bill would eliminate background checks. A background check should be conducted on anyone who wishes to carry concealed. The background checks identify persons with a criminal history who may potentially be prone to further criminal activity. The background check for a permit is more involved than the one for purchasing a weapon.

My second concern pertains to reciprocity, in which Georgia-issued permits are honored by states that honor Georgia’s permits and visa-versa. That means that if you don’t have a license to carry concealed in Georgia, your right to protect yourself and your family would end at the state line.

Third, I agree that University students should be allowed to carry on campus for self protection, but should be licensed to do so. The bill would allow carry on campus, but students would not be allowed to keep the weapon in their dorm room. My question is, what do they do with it after walking back and forth to class, keep it in their vehicle? That would surely increase the number of auto break-ins resulting in more weapons in the wrong hands.

Under that scenario, the student would be unprotected while walking from his/her car back to the dorm room. That doesn’t make sense. If the weapon is allowed to be kept in the dorm room, all safety procedures, to include locking the weapon up to prevent a roommate or anyone else, access to the weapon, should be followed. Campus carry also brings up the question of age of the permit holder (18 or 21). Is an 18-year-old less of a target than a 21-year-old? A perpetrator could care less.

There are enough regulations on the books now pertaining to concealed carry. Let those that follow the law continue to carry concealed with a permit and prosecute those that don’t.

Stephen Oles, Sharpsburg, GA

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