Bill seeks to allow guns on Nevada college campuses

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Updated: 4/03/2013 1:48 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KRNV & -- If passed Assembly Bill 143 would allow people with a concealed weapons permit to carry a firearm on Nevada college campuses.

The Assembly Judiciary Committee heard countless testimony from people in support and against the bill Wednesday.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore presented the bill alongside the emotional testimony of Amanda Collins, a victim of abuse at a Nevada college campus.

In 2007, Collins was sexually assaulted in a University of Nevada, Reno parking garage. Collins had a CCW at the time, but under current law and university rules was unable to carry her handgun that night.

"The question of my life is and will remain to be what would had been different if I had been carrying my firearm that night ," Collins says.

Collins and her family testified that had she been able to have her handgun, she would have been able to protect herself against her attacker.

A.B. 143 seeks to lift those prohibitions to carry a firearm on Nevada college campuses, unless a person is attending a sporting event with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more.  

Associated Students of the University of Nevada representatives testified on behalf of UNR student body against the bill. Representatives stated in a hearing last week student senators passed a resolution opposing the bill.

Both UNR and UNLV campus police testified in opposition of the bill Wednesday as well.

"Pandora's box will be open if this bill passes. I believe it's a danger to our campus community, our students, our faculty, our staff," UNR Chief of Police Adam Garcia says.

No decision on the bill has been made yet.

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Larry - 4/3/2013 7:02 PM
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Other college's across this country allow concealed and they have had had no problems.

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