Nevada Bill Would Allow Students to Carry Guns on Campus
Lawmakers in Nevada are considering “campus carry” bills that would allow any licensed 21-year-old or older to bring a concealed weapon onto campus.
If licensed individuals want to bring their weapons to school, currently they must send an application to law enforcement and then get approval from the campus president, says Catherine Cortez Masto, executive vice chancellor for the Nevada System of Higher Education.
If AB 148 passes, not only will presidential approval be unnecessary — but campus security won’t know who’s packing the heat.
Andy Pelosi, founder of Gun Free Kids, says his organization “adamantly opposes” all laws that would allow guns on campus. “College campuses are, for the most part, safe environments,” he says. “Adding concealed weapons only increases the risk to college campus communities.”
To get a concealed carry weapons (CCW) permit, individuals must “demonstrate competence with a firearm” by taking a state-approved course. Most of these training courses are around eight hours long.
The bill has won approval from the Assembly Judiciary Committee. It will now go to the entire Assembly, and if successful, to the Senate.