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W.Va. Campus Carry Bill Rejected in Senate Judiciary Committee

Jesse Wright
West Virginia Public Broadcasting
In this file photo, students and faculty at West Virginia University in Morgantown protest HB 2519 on Feb. 21, 2019.

A controversial bill that would have allowed concealed weapons on West Virginia college and university campuses was defeated Tuesday in a Senate committee.

House Bill 2519 was voted down 7-9 in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Republican Sens. Charles Clements, of Wetzel County, and Ryan Weld, of Brooke County, joined Democrats to stop it from advancing to the floor.

The measure would have allowed individuals, including students, who have a permit to concealed carry a gun to do so on campus, with some exceptions.

Faculty and students from state colleges and universities opposed the bill. Pro-second amendment groups like the West Virginia Citizens Defense League supported the measure.

The 60 Day legislative session ends Saturday at midnight.


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