Rape Victim Gives Testimony for Campus-Carry Bill

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CARSON CITY -- Amanda Collins, who was raped by James Biela in a UNR parking garage, urged a committee of state lawmakers to allow students to carry guns on college campuses.

"As he passed me, he grabbed me from behind, forced me down to the cold hard ground asphalt, placed a pistol to my temple, clicked off the safety and then he began to brutally rape me," she told a panel of legislators.

Collins said she had a permit for a concealed weapon, but was prohibited from bringing the gun to the UNR campus.

"Being a law-abiding citizen I left my permitted weapon at home and the very law that was meant to ensure my safety guaranteed James Biela an unmatched victim."

Currently, those with permits and special permission from the president of a university may bring a gun onto campus.

Assembly Bill 143 would enable anyone with a concealed weapons permit to bring a gun on to a Nevada college campus.

Critics of the bill also testified Wednesday. They said guns on campus could actually make campuses less safe.

"The main concern was the ability for residents and students and staff to effectively manage conflict that often occurs between the residents with the possibility those residents may be armed," a UNR student said.

"Allowing students to carry weapons on campus is not only unnecessary but could also interfere with the trained emergency response team's reaction to a given situation," another student said.

Assemblymember Marilyn Dondero Loop (D-Las Vegas) said: "inherently college students do drink... they do drink and they do fight with their girlfriends and boyfriends."

The campus-carry bill was introduced in a previous session, but failed to pass.