Wednesday, December 25, 2013

UIS reminding students guns not allowed on campus

People in Illinois can start applying for a concealed carry permit on January 5, but the University of Illinois Springfield is reminding students guns are still not allowed on campus.

In just two weeks, legal gun owners in Illinois can carry weapons with a permit, but the Firearm Concealed Carry Act doesn't change the status quo for college campuses. UIS campus police want to make sure students and visitors know the rules.

When students return from winter break, they'll see signs posted all over campus.

"When they come in the doors, they will actually see a sign that says you cannot bring a loaded weapon into the buildings," said UIS police officer Cindy Law.

Illinois' new concealed carry law kicks in next month, but that does not include college campuses. UIS students tell us they're relieved they won't be seeing weapons at school.

"There's been a lot more of guns getting into schools recently. Like some of the elementary schools. So I think it's good to help get that awareness out," said UIS junior Kelsey Hill.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on December 24, 2013.

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