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Campus gun bill pushed to next session

By Staff | Mar 30, 2018

A bill that would allow concealed carry of armed weapons on college campuses was not passed this session by West Virginia delegates.

Berkley County Delegate Eric L. Householder is a sponsor of the bill.

“I am a supporter of our country’s second amendment,” Householder said. ” I believe that, with recent events over the years, it is important for those capable of defending themselves to do just that.”

Householder has sponsored the bill, along with Delegate Jim Butler, since its inception in January.

Another measure, which would have allowed residents to keep permitted guns locked in their vehicles while at work, school or shopping, was given the OK by state legislators.

The campus-carry bill was unanimously opposed by Shepherd University’s faculty senate.

“What would stop someone from breaking into a car to steal a gun if they wanted to do damage?” Monica Larson, a communications professor, said. “We need guns away from campus, period.”

Alan Perdue, Shepherd’s general counsel representative, declined to comment on the bill.

The House of Delegates will hold the next session starting January 2019.