Marshall University students, faculty and staff gathered on campus this afternoon, February 25, 2019, to protest House Bill 2519, also known as the Campus Self Defense Act.
HB 2519 proposes the idea of allowing those with concealed carry permits to be armed on college campuses, which is causing heated debates across the Mountain State.
The bill is on its first reading today through the House of Delegates and those protesting the piece of legislation demand legislators to vote ‘no.”
Some educators said if the bill passes, they fear student tuition could be raised.
“There are several things that are frustrating, but one I think are some of the practical implications. If there are places where guns are not allowed on campus there have to be gun safes for example where those are stored. That’s going to be $10 or $11 million and that’s money that’s going to come out of our students’ tuition,” said one professor.
Students who came out to the protest in between classes told 13 News they feel the bill compromises their safety on school grounds.
“To be inviting that in and by making conceal and carry allowed on campus, I feel that it is an invitation to people to bring their guns to campus and I just really disagree with that.”
Other students believe the bill will heighten safety on campus.
“Unfortunately, a couple years ago I was raped and I feel that had I been armed, or had somebody in the area been armed, it would have been easier to prevent that from happening, but unfortunately that really wasn’t the case.”
House Bill 2519 must be approved by the House of Delegates by Wednesday for “Cross Over Day” which is the final day for any bill to pass its chamber of origin.