Concealed carry bill for public colleges introduced in W.Va. Senate Judiciary Committee

Concealed carry bill for public colleges introduced in W.Va. Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Bill 246 would allow licensed employees, staff and students with a concealed carry permit to carry a gun on a public college campus. (WCHS)<p>{/p} KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WCHS) — Concealed carry rights on college campuses is once again up for discussion at the West Virginia Capitol. Senate Bill 246, introduced by Sen. Mark Maynard in judiciary committee Friday, allows licensed employees, staff and students with a concealed carry permit to carry a gun on a public college campus. It would allow those adults to carry at school functions such as a sporting event with up to 2,500 people. "You have students that have to walk quite a ways to get to campus that need protection, or feel like they do," Maynard said. "Then once they get on campus, they feel that way." It’s not the first time a bill like this has entered the statehouse. In 2019, the Campus Carry Bill passed in the House before being ousted in the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill brought lengthy debate and student protests at the capitol. No Democratic senators that Eyewitness News reached out to wanted to comment on this bill, but the topic has proven controversial. Maynard feels some colleges are infringing on Second Amendment rights. "I feel like the unelected administration of these are making decisions and kind of taking away some of our freedoms, especially since they are using taxpayer money. I just feel like it’s the right thing to do," Maynard said. The University of Charleston, […]

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