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Nevada Students Rally to Protest Guns on Campus

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Assembly Bill 148 would allow CCW permit holders to carry guns on college campuses as well as public and private schools, daycares, and some airports.

Upwards of 200 people rallied at the University of Nevada's Knowledge Center, today showing their opposition to a bill that would allow concealed weapons on campus.

"I really feel like having guns here is counterproductive in the academic setting," says junior Anthony Gonzalez.

These students and faculty say allowing guns would put innocent people in harm's way and encourages vigilantism.

"I think that when you have a gun on you, you're more likely to use it in a situation that may not actually require a gun,” says freshman Ally Messer.

Some argue Nevada's college campuses already have security measures in place including university police officers.

"I don't trust the training of some student, where as in comparison, the police that are actually here can train every single day to hit their mark,” says Gonzalez.
   
Others gathered in support of the bill saying gun free zones are not necessarily gun safe zones.

"What's going to stop a criminal from obtaining a gun and bringing it onto campus just because it's illegal,” says senior Erin Collins.
   
Supporters say the bill's passage would allow people to use a gun, legally, to defend themselves on campus, both against active shooters and sexual predators.

"For me, campus carry is a women's issue. It's something I support because I want my daughters to have equality as far as the ability to defend themselves as the attackers might have,” says former student Sam England.
   
Others say this bill's not about sexual assault but upholds Second Amendment rights.

"The law-abiding citizens who already do have their CCWs and have gone through the proper training, it just simply protects their freedom,” says Collins.

AB148 has already been discussed in the Assembly Judiciary Committee but it hasn't been voted on yet.
   
To read more about bills in this session, click here.

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