Students, lawmakers plan rally against guns on campus

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ATLANTA —

Students from area colleges are planning to join lawmakers and activists for a gun violence rally at the state Capitol.

"When it comes to your front door, you have to act,” Morehouse student Ronnie Mosley told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri.

He and other students said they planned to speak out against legislation they said would put them at risk.

"The main focus is on House Bill 29, which is a campus carry act," said student Avery Bizzell.

The bill would allow concealed weapons on college campuses; something Bizzell said is dangerous and unacceptable.

In early February, police arrested a Clark Atlanta University student, Amir Obafemi, in connection to the shooting of Morehouse student Cornileus Savage after a fight stemming from a pickup basketball game on campus. 

You don't want to expect that one day somebody could go ahead and shoot you or put you at harm. That's not what you come to campus for," added Bizzell.
 
Senator Vincent Fort helped organize the rally. He told Viteri he recently proposed several gun-related bills, including a ban on assault weapons and a push for more background checks.

He pointed to last month's shooting at Price Middle School in southeast Atlanta as another reason for action. "When a 14-year-old shoots a 15 year old in the middle school, something's wrong and something has to be done about it."

The rally comes one year after the death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. It's scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the State Capitol.