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A string of armed robberies, and home invasions, targeting students near The Ohio State University has one student reminding his classmates about an option they have to fight back: getting a concealed carry permit.
Sam Zuidema says classmates, who live off campus, are concerned about their safety following a several armed robberies and home invasion at off-campus apartments just steps from the university.
In response, several students have taken steps such as putting their lights on a timer and installing window or door alarms.
But Zuidema says students have another option.
"Off campus we do have the right to protect ourselves,” said third year student Zuidema. “We have been hearing a lot about the on-campus fight to extend conceal carry rights, but people tend to forget off campus, we are not stripped of that right."
Zuidema says no one mentions getting a concealed carry license as an option, and he shared that perspective in an opinion piece that appeared in Monday's student paper, The Lantern.
Zuidema says he recently got his CCW and feels safer. But he says he is not advocating that everyone needs to do that.
He says he only wants to remind students that they have that choice.
"Carrying isn't for everybody. If you don't feel like you want that responsibility, if you feel like you are never going to need it, don't get a gun,” says Zuidema.
OSU's Department of Public Safety says students who live off campus have that right, and it is an option - but a university cannot advocate for, or against, a student getting a CCW.
However, the department says it will continue to keep students aware of what's happening in their neighborhoods and to keep them safe.