Nev., La. Campus Gun Bills Die Quietly

CARSON CITY, Nev. and BATON ROUGE, La. — Bills that would have permitted students and faculty members at university and college campuses to carry concealed weapons were killed in both Nevada and Louisiana this month.

Nevada’s by Chairman William Horne of the Assembly Judiciary Committee did not bring Senate Bill 231 up for a vote, the Las Vegas Sun reports. The bill had been passed by the Senate 15-6.

Current Nevada state law requires individuals to obtain permission from the campus president to carry a concealed weapon. Chancellor Dan Klaich said only five such requests have been granted, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Louisiana’s Committee on the Administration of Criminal Justice voted to kill House Bill 413, a piece of legislation that would have permitted qualified carriers of concealed handguns to take them onto state college campuses, The Times-Picayune reports. The vote prevents the bill from advancing to the House floor.

Louisiana’s bill would have allowed concealed carry at public colleges, community colleges and vocational technical schools, although school management boards could have issued rules on where guns could be stored, according to The Times-Picayune. However, the bill would not have allowed firearms to be taken to athletic events at college stadiums and arenas.

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