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Students Weigh-In on Campus Carry Laws

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Gun control versus gun rights has been an ongoing argument in Nevada and across the country. But many people, both for and against concealed weapons permits on campus, don't know what actually goes into concealed carry laws.

"I'm not clear on it, myself," Ashley Dessert, University of Nevada freshman said.

"Outside of the 8-hour course, having a state ID, I'm not sure," Travis Cournoyer, University of Nevada graduate student said.

"I know they have to have a license and everything and a permit to have the weapon," Rachel Williams, University of Nevada freshman said.

"I think it was like a 6-hour course that you have to take," Daniel Wetta, University of Nevada graduate student said.

Applicants have to be 21 years old to get a CCW permit, in the Silver State. Anyone with a history of mental illness, felony convictions or gang affiliations cannot get one. Misdemeanors in the last five years, like DUI or domestic violence would also disqualify an applicant. There are many other requirements, including training. Matt Marquez was in law enforcement for 28 years and now operates H.O.G. Tactical, offering CCW classes.

"You have a permit through the county," Marquez said. "You have a background. You've passed a fingerprint test. You've done a written test. You've done a physical test with shooting and qualification."

H.O.G. Tactical offers an 8-hour course that explains Nevada's gun laws and safety.

"Carrying a weapon is a responsibility and you have to be educated," Marquez said. "You have to train. Trigger control, basic weapons handling skills are perishable skills and they need to be practiced."

But no matter how qualified a CCW permit holder may be, some students say they are not comfortable with guns on campus.

"I think it's kind of dangerous," Williams said. "Just in case somebody gets stressed out and brings the weapon to school and tries to cause a problem or anything. I don't personally think it's a good idea."

"We need to let students be students and let law enforcement be law enforcement and not blur that gap in anyway," Patrick Hardin, University of Nevada freshman said.

Others say allowing CCW permits on campus could make the university safer against would-be attackers.

"I would just be more comfortable knowing there's more people that know how to use guns that could be there, maybe, to protect us if that happened," Cournoyer said.

"I don't think weapons kill people. I think people kill people," Dessert said. "So, I think it would have to be a really strenuous background check for me to be okay with someone holding a weapon."
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