In response to the increasing number of school shootings in recent years, as well as a lockdown at a Virginia college last week (and likely the Virginia Tech shootings last year) the Virginia General Assembly is considering a bill that would allow students aged 21 or old to possess and carry weapons on campus, provided they have a valid concealed-carry permit. http://www.wtopnews.com/index.php?nid=600&sid=1355701 Members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus will join two General Assembly legislators Monday for a news conference.Delegate Robert G. Marshall, R-Manassas, and Delegate C. Todd Gilbert, R-Woodstock, have introduced bills that would allow faculty, staff and students to carry concealed handguns on college campuses with a valid Virginia concealed-carry permit. House Bill 424, sponsored by Marshall, and House Bill 1371, sponsored by Gilbert, were left in committee and killed during the 2008 session. “In the wake of further shootings around the country and the lockdown at Ferrum College here in Virginia, this legislation needs to be considered by the full House,” Marshall stated in an e-mail. The news conference will be held in the wake of a campus lockdown this past Tuesday at Ferrum College, a private school located in Southwest Virginia. A housekeeper at the college reported seeing a man with a handgun in a dormitory. Authorities say they suspect the man intended to cause harm. “Several professors have come to me asking to give them the tools to protect their students,” Marshall stated. “Potential killers need to know that Virginia’s colleges and universities are not ‘gun free zones’ where no one will be able to stop them from killing as many people as they can.” According to the SCCC Web site the group boasts a membership of more than 19,000 college students, faculty members, parents and concerned citizens nationwide who seek change at the individual state policy rather than the federal legislation. “The first step is to see ‘colleges’ removed from the lists of places listed as ‘off limits’ by the concealed carry laws in many states,” the site says. “The next step is to see other states follow Utah's lead in prohibiting state colleges from enacting their own bans on concealed carry.” ...further articles can be found by typing "students concealed carry" in Google News and sorting by date.