Less than two weeks after a man injured almost a dozen people in a stabbing attack at Ohio State University, lawmakers in the state approved a concealed-carry bill for college campuses.
Reuters reports that the bill, which was approved Friday, if signed into law would give the board of trustees of Ohio's public universities the option to allow concealed-carry on their school campuses.
State senators passed the bill in a 22-8 vote, sending the bill to Republican Governor John Kasich's desk to sign.
Reuters explains that the legislation removes a state ban on carrying concealed weapons in public areas of airports and daycare centers. Further, operators would be able to decide if they want to prohibit guns in their buildings.
Late on Thursday the House of Representatives removed a provision from the bill that would have let gun owners carry weapons into government buildings.
Proponents of the bill argue it could prevent mass shootings. Critics say it puts the safety of college campuses at risk.
"They are going to deal with the real life consequences of the passing of this bill," Charleta Tavares, a Democratic state senator who voted against the bill, told Reuters.
"There is no statistical evidence that this is not more safe," GOP state Senator Bill Coley said.
Reuters notes ten U.S. states currently allow guns on campuses, including Texas. In August, students at the University of Texas at Austin protested a similar law allowing licensed holders to carry concealed handguns in buildings on public universities.