TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - A number of students are wearing empty gun holsters on campuses nationwide this week. And it's no different at Indiana State University (ISU).
This comes as the United States Senate plans to debate gun legislation tomorrow.
It's part of a nationwide protest organized by the group, Students for Concealed Carry (SCC).
It encourages college students to wear empty gun holsters on campuses this week. And the Indiana State University chapter is strapping up.
"We are wearing our empty holsters to symbolize being disarmed on a college campus," said Ayrton Ingle, president of the ISU chapter of SCC.
Group members want to start a conversation about the school's bans on concealed weapons.
"We're going to try to work within the school system. We're going to start with the SGA and we're going to move up from there and try to do this the right way," said Ingle.
For many students, it's about the constitutional right to carry a gun. It's also about keeping themselves safe on campus.
"We can carry everywhere else, but when we come on campus, we're disarmed because of a school policy. So what we're doing is we're giving criminals a monopoly on force," said Ingle.
But ISU, along with every other Indiana college, has a very strict policy regarding guns.
"The university policy is that we do not permit guns on campus. We don't permit them to be carried on-campus, or to be in cars that are parked on university property, whether or not the person has a permit to carry," said Chief Bill Mercier, Director of Public Safety.
The chapter has collected over 600 signatures. This is to petition the Board of Trustees at ISU to reconsider their policy about conceal carry on campus.
"Our petition is going to the administration. We're going to work with the SGA as well as school administration. We're going to try to open up a dialogue with them to see if we can find a way to work together to improve safety and allow students and faculty members to defend themselves on campus," said Ingle.
What Ingle thought interesting was 40 percent of the petition's signatures are women.
For more information about Students for Concealed Carry, head to their website or check out their Facebook page .
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