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Bill would allow guns on Nevada college campuses

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The issue of guns on campus will be debated in Carson City this legislative session.

Assembly Bill 143 would allow carry concealed weapon permit holders the right to have them on college campuses in the state.

Right now you have to have special permission.

Republican Assemblywoman Michele Fiore introduced the campus carry bill Monday.

She says it's about protection and some students at UNLV agree, adding they would get the permit.

"If I had to," said student Melissa Lee. "I stay here late and do homework and I'm by myself. I walk to my car and the parking lot is over there. You never know."

Fiore cites the fact that recent shooting massacres were perpetrated by people without CCWs and that citizens should be able to try and stop it.

"These are non-law-abiding mental cases that are shooting people," Fiore said. "Now, if a non-law-abiding mental case comes in my path and points his gun at me, most likely I am going to draw in on him and just take him out. So that's going to stop a mass shooting right there. Gun control will not stop gun violence."

But some students are concerned that more guns on campus could lead to more problems.

"For a hypothetical, there could be a problem a certain person has with a student, they could reach in their backpack or purse and shoot that individual," said student Antonio Jackson. "So I totally disagree on this because this opens the door for everything, a lot more violent things."

The bill would exclude events at a facility that holds more than a thousand people, like the Thomas and Mack.

Because of the holiday, campus police were not available for comment.

This is in the early stages of the process, but a similar bill in 2011 received some support before dying in committee.

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