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www.wmfd.com - The gun debate has traveled to UNLV. A national firearms organization wants to open its newest chapter on the university's campus. Vicki Gonzalez explains. }}" />

   
 
 
New Club Wants Concealed Weapons Allowed On Campus

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 3/10/2014

The gun debate has traveled to UNLV. A national firearms organization wants to open its newest chapter on the university's campus. Vicki Gonzalez explains. "Simply being in public atmosphere." Alex Murdock is a Navy veteran and former military police officer.. "...is warrant enough to have any means of self defense." But he is also a junior at UNLC and president of the newest organization on campus, Students for Concealed Carry... and just a few days in, it is already making waves. "The biggest misconception is we are promoting anybody to have a gun," Murdock says. The non-partisan organization is over 40,000 strong with chapters across the country. "Those who want to carry, whether on campus or not, are educated and have the training and responsibility that comes with owning a firearm," Murdock says. "At the center of this debate isn't the fact that students can't create a firearms organization, but that its members can't carry one of these on campus," says reporter Vicki Gonzalez. "Most people that carry a concealed, carry a small automatic or a small revolver." Bob Irwin is the owner of The Gun Store, located about two miles from campus. "Lots of people come in here have bought guns because they are worried about going to and from campus," Irwin says. That's something that campus police chief Jose Elique doesn't dispute, but draws the line. "This neighborhood does have a high crime rate, but the campus doesn't," Elique says. State law only allows university offic8ers to carry firearms on campus, however, there's a "but" and that's if the university gives the OK to individuals. "I would ultimately like it for people who are eligible and trained to be able to concealed and carry on campus," Murdock says. "Has a student ever been permitted to carry a firearm?" asked Gonzalez. "No, not as long as I have been here," says Elique. "And it's going to stay like that?" asked Gonzalez. " As long as I am here," Elique said. And as long as the law doesn't change.

   
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