Concealed Permit Holder Testifies about Being Raped on Gun-Free Campus

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On March 5, Amanda Collins testified to Nevada lawmakers about being raped in 2007 on the gun-free University of Nevada campus in Reno.

Collins had a concealed carry permit but was not allowed to carry her gun for self-defense because of laws against being armed on campus. She hopes lawmakers will change the laws so that female concealed carry permit holders will be allowed to carry their guns for self-defense from this point forward.

According to News 3, Collins testified “via teleconference” to the lawmakers, telling them about the moment her attacker closed in on her in a campus parking garage on the night of October 22, 2007. She said, “Out of the corner of my eye I could see the university police cruisers parked across the way, and in that same moment I knew that the university police offices had already closed. I knew no one was coming to help me.”

On August 14, 2013, Breitbart News reported that women were among the top beneficiaries of concealed carry laws. Conversely, where gun control is stringent, crimes against women rise.

In other words, gun control makes the vulnerable more vulnerable.

John Lott Jr.’s More Guns, Less Crime, a New York Times report on sexual assaults in Chicago in 2010, and Chicago Police Department (CPD) numbers on the murders of females in that city in 2011 show the danger women face by being disarmed. The NYT reported 1,400 sexual assaults in 2010 alone, and the CPD showed approximately 41 females murdered in 2011.

How many of these women could have fought off an assault or saved their own lives if they had been allowed to carry a gun for self-defense?

In Nevada, rape victim Amanda Collins believes having her gun could have been a game changer, and she wants lawmakers to legalize campus carry for the sake of other women on campuses now.

Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R-Clark) is sponsoring campus carry legislation. Her bill–AB148–is co-sponsored by 18 additional Assembly Republicans.

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