Should we legally allow guns on Nevada College Campuses?
It’s one things to have armed security and police on college campuses, especially in light on recent, highly publicized mass campus massacres, however, allowing guns on Nevada College Campuses might be a cause for concern.
A change to Assemble bill 143 is being proposed that makes various changes relating to concealed firearms.
The main change is that those who hold a concealed weapons permit will be allowed to carry their concealed guns on Nevada College campuses.
Current law prohibits this, although there are exceptions if the person that the concealed permit has permission from the President or Chancellor of the institution.
The proposed bill will prohibit the carrying of a concealed weapon while attending any event held at a stadium, arena or other athletic facility with a seating capacity of 1,000 or more.
If the amendments to the bill are passed, this means that college students, teacher, janitors, clerical and anyone else on the campus can bring their guns with them to school.
Is this a good idea?
Republican Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), thinks it is and she is the spearhead for the changes.
She believes that people should be able to protect themselves and keep their Second Amendment rights regardless of where they are and says that students taking night classes can be at risk because of an inadequate number of security guards.
She implicated that the approvals for carrying the concealed weapons are not fair and subject to “picking and the choosing”.
In a statement Monday, Chancellor Dan Klaich said,
The bill permitting concealed weapons to be carried on campus is not supported by system presidents, law enforcement professionals or the chancellor. I believe that the Board of Regents has already fully addressed this issue through a policy that allows concealed weapons to be carried on campus under limited, appropriate circumstances. We will not support any further extension of that policy.
UNLV Police Chief Jose Elique said he would like to see the campus ban on guns continue.
Having completed my higher education in the evening, I can tell you that it can be downright scary on the campuses, particularly at night, however allowing the mass carrying of weapons, after attending only 8 hours of training, could be risky, especially when not too long ago a student was able to cut a deal after having assault weapons on a Las Vegas school campus.
Allowing guns on Nevada College Campuses may sound good however, for many, there are fears that violence would actually escalate.