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West Virginia lawmakers speed up pace for campus carry bill

By ERIN BECK

The Register-Herald

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the end of the legislative session nearing, the West Virginia House of Delegates voted 51-47 not to send a campus carry bill to its Finance Committee for review Wednesday evening, instead bringing the bill to a vote of the entire House sometime this week.

The House Judiciary Committee had recommended the bill be sent to Finance after the Higher Education Policy Commission estimated it would cost more than $11 million for additional security measures at colleges.

House Bill 2519, sponsored by Del. Jim Butler, R-Mason, says colleges have no authority “to restrict or regulate the carrying of a concealed deadly weapon by a person who holds a current license to carry a concealed deadly weapon,” except in certain cases, such as at day cares, organized events for more than 1,500 people, and areas where proper security measures, such as metal detectors, are installed and armed guards are present.

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