Thursday, faculty at West Virginia University held a walkout to protest the passage of the campus carry law through the state legislature.
Dozens of students and teachers gathered in Woodburn Circle to voice their opinions on the law.
Under the HB 2519 bill, individuals who have a concealed carry permit will be allowed to carry a concealed weapon on certain areas of the campus.
The bill is currently moving through the House of Delegates.
“The classroom, if this bill goes through, will be a space where anyone who has a concealed carry license can not reveal that they have a deadly weapon in the classroom, and that creates anxiety issues for a lot of our teaching colleagues,” said Joshua Lohnes, professor at West Virginia University.
Jackson Wolfe, student at West Virginia University, is pro-carry.
“Most classrooms only have one entrance, no exit, and no locking doors. So it’s just, if there happened to be a situation, then there’s basically no defense other than either playing dead, or fighting,” said Wolfe.
The event was organized by concerned teachers and students after learning that the bill bypassed the finance committee and was on its second reading on the floor.