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Fairmont State University reacts to West Virginia campus carry bill


Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT, W.Va.  — West Virginia is one step closer to being one of 12 states in the nation that allows individuals to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Recently, the House Education Committee passed House Bill 4298, “The Campus Self-Defense Act,” which would amend the state’s current laws and rescind the ability of public higher education institutions to prohibit weapons on their premises, and it may soon be brought before the full House.

Currently, public institutions have the ability to choose if guns are allowed on their campus, though none of them allow it, including Marion County’s own Fairmont State University.

Many faculty and staff as well as the campus police force oppose the idea with little deviation from that opinion, but of the students who spoke with the Times West Virginian, opinions are more varied.

Campus leaders share their thoughts

Fairmont State’s new president, Dr. Mirta Martin, is staunchly against the bills, as is Vice President of Student Affairs Tim McNeely and Campus Police Chief Jack Clayton.

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