SB 102, Senator Settelmeyer (R)
This bill would amend NRS 202.265 to allow a concealed handgun by a concealed permit holder to be carried in a motor vehicle on a school campus; i.e. parking lot carry. The handgun would have to be:
Guns by licensed carriers in a vehicle while a parent (or someone else) is picking up/dropping off their children or has other business at the school is not harmful to anyone. No one deserves to become a criminal because they want to protect their family.
2015’s AB 2, introduced by Republican John Hambrick, covered the same ground. It did not get passed. The chief difference is that this year’s bill replaces "vehicle" with "school bus." This bill makes the definition of the vehicle in question more specific, limiting firearms to those vehicles which transport children, as defined by NRS 484A.230 rather than any vehicle owned by a school district.
Opponents of parking lot carry deliberately misconstrued the previous version of this bill as a campus carry bill. This bill would not permit persons to carry their handgun about campus. Calling this bill a campus carry bill is a scare tactic and a blatant mendacity. AB 148, a true campus carry bill, was killed in 2015 for political reasons.
The sole intent of this bill is to keep people who arm themselves while driving from unintentionally committing a crime when they take their children to school or attend their own classes. That’s it. Under current law, if a driver with a gun in his center console were to turn into a school parking lot to turn around, rather than make an illegal U-turn, the very act of driving on to school property with a gun in the console would be a misdemeanor. Does that sound like a fair law to have?
In the Intermountain West, Arizona, Idaho, New Mexico, and Washington all permit adults or concealed firearm permittees to carry or have firearms in their vehicles on school property. Montana delegates to local authorities the ability to prohibit firearms in school parking lots. Wyoming prohibits concealed carry on school campuses, but not open carry, while Utah permits both, as long as the carrier holds a concealed firearm permit. Nevada did not prohibit firearms on campus (by law) until 1989, although it has been illegal for minors to generally possess handguns since 1881.