Proposed bill to allow students to conceal carry on college campuses

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WVNS) -- College students may soon be allowed to carry concealed guns on college campuses under state law. 

Some West Virginia lawmakers have proposed House Bill 429, which would allow students in West Virginia to bring guns onto college campuses. 

The proposed bill is called the Campus Self Defense Act.  This bill would allow students to carry a concealed gun in dorms, classrooms and school clinics.

If passed, colleges will be able to regulate this bill as needed.

Campuses with stadiums or arenas that hold more than 5,000 people could make special rules where guns are not permitted at the event.

Students at New River Community Technical College 59 News spoke with said they conceal carry themselves and knowing people have the proper permit is important.

"I agree that you need to have a  basic class to show that you know how to properly use the weapon, especially with a public area or anything with a school, it's supposed to be safe place. But I don't mean to use the cliche but the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," James Meadows, a student, said.

Right now, it is not illegal to carry a concealed weapon on a college campus in West Virginia, but it may be against the college's rules.

The bill is now in the House Judiciary Committee.

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