Campus carry bill receives support and opposition in public hearing

Campus carry bill receives support and opposition in public hearing

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<p>The "Campus Self Defense Act," house bill 2519, was the focus of many college students and leaders in higher education Monday evening. (WCHS/WVAH){/p} CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The "Campus Self Defense Act," house bill 2519, was the focus of many college students and leaders in higher education Monday evening. It was a long discussion back and forth on the house floor as members of the public were given the chance to speak about campus carry. Many were parents, who boldly said why they believe college campuses should allow guns to be carried on campus, while some law enforcement officers and college faculty said house bill 2519 needs work before passing it is an option. "I ask you today to protect our daughters. Give them the right to go to college and protect themselves, not one or the other," a woman said at the public hearing. "We’re opposed to this legislation. We feel that it needs further study, and that these young adults are making critical decisions in their lives, sometimes experimenting with drugs and alcohol and other issues, and conflict relationships," a law enforcement officer said. Delegate Caleb Hanna (R-Webster) is a student at West Virginia State University and also a sponsor of the bill. "I think everyone should have the right to defend themselves regardless of where you work or where you study," Hanna said. The university’s president, Anthony Jenkins said when it comes to public safety, campus carry is a complicated issue. "We believe that introducing weapons into […]

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