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Armed freshmen to be part of campus-carry mandate?

One of the only consolations for opponents of the campus-carry mandate on state universities, effective July 2017, has been that it would only apply to students 21 or older. But House Bill 2538, offered last week, would lower the minimum age requirement for concealed-carry to 18 if individuals go through training and acquire a permit – requirements otherwise scrapped under the state’s new “constitutional-carry law.” Bill supporter Rep. John Rubin, R-Shawnee, says that because 18-year-olds are old enough to serve their country they are are old enough to carry concealed firearms. – Rhonda Holman