Shepherd University students show mixed emotions about campus carry bill

West Virginia
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The campus carry bill passed the house 59 to 41 on crossover day in West Virginia.

The Campus Defense Act would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry pistols and revolvers on college campuses. However, Shepherd University students have mixed feelings about it.

“I’m not quite sure how I feel about students having the ability to carry around firearms but I do think it could be a step in the right direction,” student Adam Miller said.

HB 2519 now awaits approval from the West Virginia Senate. State Senate Patricia Rucker of the 16th District said law abiding citizens should be able to protect themselves when asked about the campus carry bill.

Shepherd University released a statement regarding the bill: “Because the campus carry bill is fluid, we are reluctant to speak until we know what the final bill is.”

Blue Ridge Community and Technical College wished not to speak on the bill and West Virginia University is against the bill.

“I believe for like the administration it would be okay just because they’re higher up,” Wes Martin said, a junior at the university.

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