MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (AP) -

A campaign is underway to allow some students, faculty, staff and visitors to carry firearms at the University of Minnesota.

The "Allow Campus Carry" event kicked off Monday with a petition drive and information handout in Coffman Union. The campaign is scheduled to run through Thursday.

Supporters are calling for allowing people 21 and over who are legally permitted to carry weapons to do so on campus.

Susan Eckstein, president of College Republicans at the university, says lifting the ban on legally-authorized personal weapons would help those on campus "feel more safe."

The university's ban on weapons on its campuses in the Twin Cities, Rochester, Duluth and Morris predates Minnesota's 2003 conceal-and-carry law.

University general counsel Bill Donohoe tells the Star Tribune there are no plans to reconsider it.