Campus gun bill clears Senate

Campus gun bill clears Senate

Lead sponsor Sen. Rupie Phillips, R-Logan, on the Senate floor Tuesday. (WV Legislative Photography, Photo by Will Price) Story by David Beard, The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The campus carry bill sailed through the Senate on Tuesday, with just one Republican joining the three Democrats to oppose it. SB 10, the Campus Self Defense Act, now heads to the House where passage is expected, since a similar bill passed there in 2019 by a 59-41 vote – with just a handful of Republicans opposing it – and the GOP supermajority has grown since. Sen. Mike Caputo Sen. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, spoke for the opposition when the bill cleared Senate Judiciary and again on Tuesday. He acknowledged that the bill has 17 sponsors. “I fully expect to be covered in a sea of green when we vote today.” But, he said, “This thing’s a bad idea.” It’s a bad idea to encourage folks to carry weapons on campus. “I just don’t know why we would want to put our youth in a situation like that.” He noted the opposition by the WVU Student Government Association and Faculty Senate, and by the presidents of three of the state’s smaller universities who cited both the potential social/emotional hazards of the legislation and its financial burdens. Charles Trump He referred to his appearance on Hoppy Kercheval’s Talkline last week and the subject of who back it: the gun lobby. Caputo said on the Senate floor, “We’re going to let a lobby group […]

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