William S. Boyd School of Law student Brian Vasek recently spoke with KNPR’s State of Nevada for a Feb. 10 segment about guns on campus.
The segment, titled “State Lawmakers Taking Up Issue Of Guns On Campus Again” (15:38-minute mark), discussed the issue of guns on campus and the Nevada State Legislature’s consideration of a bill, AB2, that would allow guns to be kept in a locked or occupied car on campus.
Vasek, who has written a paper titled “Rethinking the Nevada Campus Protection Act,” spoke about campus security law.
“ … Currently, based upon my research, I would suggest that approximately 18 states in some capacity grant in some degree what I would call campus carry via full, partial, or what I would call vehicular permission. AB2 is a vehicular permission bill. While Speaker Hambrick did classify it as a parking lot bill, it is what I would argue to be one degree vehicular permission.’
“ … Now whether or not Assembly Bill 2 is right for Nevada I can’t say. It is only one degree of campus carry but I believe it is a step in the right direction toward compliance with the fundamental rights to keep and bear arms …”
In the interview, Vasek also pointed out that other states with similar laws allowing people to bring guns onto campus had little impact on crime rates or incidents of violence.