CARSON CITY, Nev. – The Nevada Assembly passed Assembly Bill 148, also known as Campus Carry, on Monday but not without major revisions, including the removal of day care facilities and airports from the bill language.
The bill passed with a 25-15 vote and is now before state senators, who are next in deciding whether or not to allow concealed weapons on Nevada university campuses.
Text from Assembly Bill 2 was also added into the Campus Carry bill, which would allow weapons to be stored in locked vehicles. This part of the bill applies to all types of Nevada schools, including K-12 and college campuses.
Despite opposition expressed by the UNR student Senate, UNR faculty Senate, University President Marc Johnson, and the UNR Police Department, this bill may soon become law if approved by the Senate.
A few factors may contribute to AB 148 becoming a Nevada law:
- Both the Assembly and the Senate have a Republican majority.
- AB 148’s recent amendments made it “friendlier”, having excluded day cares and airports.
- This is the second time this bill has been introduced; it didn’t pass out of the Assembly in the 2013 session.
If AB 148 passes this session, it would go into effect beginning July 1, 2015.