Nevada resident speaks out on failed gun rights legislation

Ann Friedman for the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

Las Vegas resident Charles Weakland, who managed five gun shops across the valley for 35 years, said one reason he loves to call Nevada home is because of its gun laws.

“It’s one of the reasons that I’m happy to live here,” he said at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show at Cashman Center on Saturday. “I’m pretty happy with Nevada’s gun laws.”

What Weakland isn’t happy about is how state lawmakers failed to pass Assembly Bill 487, which would have allowed Nevadans with permits to carry concealed firearms on college campuses.

Though the Assembly voted 26-16 to advance the bill May 29, the measure faced strong opposition from college administrators and the Nevada System of Higher Education. The bill died when the session ended June 1.

“I consider our college students to be among the smartest Nevada residents,” Weakland said. “It doesn’t make sense why they wouldn’t be considered competent enough to protect themselves.”

On Saturday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a law allowing the open carrying of handguns in public and concealed handguns on university campuses throughout the Lone Star State.

“If you’re going to college and you have a pistol in your purse or backpack, it won’t affect me,” Weakland said. “Young, smart kids deserve to have a right to protect themselves. They’ve (legislators) stabbed us in the back.”

Read the full story at the Las Vegas Review-Journal.