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Nevada Lawmakers Review Bill to Allow Concealed Guns at Colleges

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Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports. 

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary heard testimony Thursday morning on Assembly Bill 148, which has captured the attention of numerous advocacy groups and education officials concerned about the proposal's impact. Supporters of the bill said the measure would expand 2nd Amendment rights to law-abiding concealed weapon holders and prevent sexual assault.

Despite staunch opposition from student groups and education officials, bill sponsor Michele Fiore all but guarantees the measure's passage due to widespread Republican support in the Legislature. "The law-abiding citizens, who have CCWs are not around because we're abiding the law. The criminals that don't have a CCW will come on campus. They are the bad guys. They will shoot and we are all left defenseless."

Obtaining a CCW requires an 8-hour class and the student cannot have a criminal background or mental health issues. But some say that shouldn't qualify people from carrying guns at school. "I just don't think an 8-hour training necessarily prepares you for the type of emergency situation that legislators are trying to justify for this campus carry bill,” says Caden Fabbi, Speaker of the Senate, ASUN.

Former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto testified against the bill and said it distorted important problems about sexual violence and that Nevada colleges strongly oppose the bill.  (AP)

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