- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A hot-button proposal to allow permit holders to bring concealed guns onto college campuses is again resurfacing at the Nevada Legislature.

Republican Assemblyman James Oscarson presented the bill, AB 487, to the Assembly Judiciary Committee during a short hearing on Tuesday. The bill is scheduled for a committee vote Wednesday.

The measure would allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry concealed guns on college campuses and store firearms in secure places and locked cars.

Republicans led by Assemblywoman Michele Fiore launched the charge for the so-called “campus carry” bill this session and championed another measure, AB 148, that failed in the Republican-controlled Senate without a hearing.

Student groups and the Nevada System of Higher Education have railed against the measure and said it would make campuses more dangerous. Colleges should decide themselves whether to allow concealed firearms on campuses, they said.

Oscarson and a handful of Assembly Republicans introduced AB 487 after helping defeat an amendment last week adding so-called “campus carry” to a separate Senate bill, SB 175. He said he wanted to keep the measures separate to give both a better chance of passing.

Republican committee chair Assemblyman Ira Hansen didn’t allow testimony on the bill and said similar measures have already been heard by lawmakers.

Republican Sen. Ben Kieckhefer is also sponsoring a similar bill about concealed weapons on campus, SB 350, which is marked as exempt from committee deadlines.


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