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College president encourages students to carry guns

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LYNCHBURG, VA (WWBT) -

Liberty University's president is proposing that students at the Christian school be allowed to bring concealed weapons into dormitories, if they have the proper training and permits.

The announcement Wednesday by President Jerry Falwell, Jr. comes days after he encouraged students and others on Virginia campuses to get permits to carry concealed gun. In his call to arms, Falwell encouraged students to take a free class offered by campus police to obtain a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Falwell said the move was in response to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, that left 14 dead.

"Let's teach them a lesson if they ever show up here," Falwell told students at a convocation on Dec. 4 at the Lynchburg, Virginia, campus.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Falwell said the guns-in-dorms proposal would have a limited impact because most students who are old enough to get a carry-conceal permit live off campus. In Virginia, 21 is the minimum age to get a concealed-carry permit.

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