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Lawmakers review bill to allow concealed guns at colleges

CARSON CITY, Nev. -- Nevada lawmakers heard hours of testimony on a deeply divisive bill that would allow concealed weapons at college campuses, K-12 schools, daycare centers and airports.

The Assembly Committee on Judiciary heard testimony Thursday morning on AB 148, which has captured the attention of numerous advocacy groups and education officials concerned about the proposal's impact. Supporters of the bill said the measure would expand 2nd Amendment rights to law-abiding concealed weapon holders and prevent sexual assault.

"With all of the anti-gun nuts out there spending millions of dollars out of New York City -- I think Nevada made a loud-and-clear statement -- don't touch our guns," said Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, sponsor of AB 148.

Richard Martinez is against AB 148. His son Christopher was killed during the Isla Vista shooting rampage near Santa Barbara on May 23, 2014.

"There's not one perfect solution, but we have to do better than this, and more guns isn't the answer," Martinez said.

Fiore and other sponsors say by allowing concealed guns on camps the bill allows for people to defend themselves before help arrives.

"By not allowing them to bring their concealed firearms on campus, we have left our teachers defenseless when they go to work, the gym at 5 a.m. before work, or when they stop for groceries," said Fiore.

Amanda Collins was raped on the UNR campus in 2007. She shared her perspective on the issue.

"Had I been carrying my firearm, I would have been able to stop my attack,” Collins said.

Former state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto testified against the bill and said it distorted important problems about sexual violence and that Nevada colleges strongly oppose the bill.

Despite staunch opposition from student groups and education officials, Fiore all but guarantees the measure's passage due to widespread Republican support in the Legislature.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.