W.Va. lawmakers listen to comments on campus carry bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers have heard public comments on legislation that would require colleges to allow people who have concealed weapons permits to carry weapons on campuses.

The House judiciary committee held a public hearing on the bill Monday.

Concord Police Officer David Eldridge says his department would have to hire 13 additional officers and purchase multiple metal detectors if the bill passes. It would cost the department $726,000 in the first year.

West Virginia University education professor Sara Anderson says concealed weapons on campus would "bring intimidation into the classroom."

National Rifle Association lobbyist Art Thomm said the bill empowers people to protect themselves. He says "denying women their right to self-protection leaves them vulnerable to attack."

Among the bill's exceptions includes daycare centers, campus police headquarters and events in sports arenas with more than 1,500 seats.