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Concealed Carry Bill Would Allow Guns on Nevada College Campuses

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Should people with concealed carry permits be allowed to carry their guns on campus at Nevada's colleges and universities? That's become a topic of debate after Assemblywoman Michele Fiore introduced a bill in the Legislature Monday.

Assembly Bill 143 would allow people with concealed carry permits to have a gun on campus in Nevada, except at sporting events that seat 1,000 fans or more.

UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia says he's not in favor of the bill.

"Fundamentally, we're opposed to it," Garcia said. "We feel the job of protecting our students, faculty staff and community should be left up to the professionals who are trained to do that."

The bill has support from 16 assembly members and six senators, who believe students should be able to protect themselves on campus.

Garcia says the bill presents some problems.

"What do you do with students in the dormitories? We have 2,000-3, 000 students who live on campus. Do we install safes? How do we keep weapons out of the hands of people who may be intoxicated or may be dealing with other types of issues?" said Garcia.

There is a process for people who need to carry a concealed weapon for protection, and it's been used in the past.

"The Board of Regents has established a policy that says that you can carry a weapon on this campus, if you can articulate the reasons why. So if you're under threat, we'll look at it and make a determination if you can carry a weapon," Garcia explained.

Students have mixed reactions to having guns on campus. UNR Junior Casey Kilgore is against the idea.

"Just last semester somebody stabbed one of the dorm workers in the dorms. Having something escalate to the situation where somebody might have a gun in the dorm, I certainly wouldn't want something to happen like that," Kilgore said.

Freshman Marquis Lawson doesn't think it'll be safe.

"Some people-- they don't think. They could react based on their feelings in the situation and shoot somebody," said Lawson.

Freshman Katlin Moody says the bill would make her feel safer.

"I'm a firm believer in guns and I own them. If I could walk around campus and have a secure weapon I would. For my safety alone I would," Moody said.

Senior Stefanie Raulino doesn't agree with the concept of guns on campus, even if people have a permit.

"I don't want to come to campus thinking if someone's going to get upset with something someone else does and then react," Raulino said.

Written by Jennifer Burton

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