By: KDKA-TV News Staff
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (KDKA) – The president of West Virginia University says the school is opposed to legislation that would allow people to carry guns on college campuses.READ MORE: Man Dies After Being Hit By Car In Homewood, Police Searching For Driver Who Fled The Scene
The bill, which is currently making its way through the legislature, would allow people with concealed carry permits to carry guns on state-run college campuses. It would not affect privately owned universities or sports facilities at state-run universities.
WVU President Gordon Gee says in a letter to the state Senate that the school’s goal is to provide a safe learning environment and that weapons have no place on campus unless they are carried by members of law enforcement or people authorized by the university.READ MORE: Freeze Warning Issued For Pittsburgh Area As Temperatures Drop Across Southwestern Pa.
Gee also says many law enforcement officers believe campus carry policies endanger their own lives, making it more difficult to protect everyone.
“At a time when we are seeing more students facing mental health challenges and needing additional mental healthcare, now is not the time to insert firearms into what are already trying situations on campus,” he writes.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Soliciting Bids For Less Lethal Munitions, Including Tear Gas
He’s calling on lawmakers to reject the legislation.