Amanda Collins had a permit to carry a concealed firearm on the night she was brutally raped on the University of Nevada's Reno campus in October of 2007.

She had just left a 10:00 pm class and was headed to her car on the ground floor of a parking garage-not 100 feet from the campus police building. She was careful to check around as she approached her car, when she was grabbed by 6'2" 200 pound man. He held her down and told her not to open her eyes. He held a gun to her temple, and she heard him click off the safety.

But that night, when Amanda most needed a gun for protection, she wasn't carrying because the university is a "gun free zone." Gun free, that is, for those who respect the law. It was not so for the attacker, who turned out to be a serial rapist and murderer and who now occupies a place on death row.

A week after the attack on Amanda, another woman was raped on campus. Then came the abduction of Brianna Denison, who was raped and murdered. Her body was found in a field days after the attack.

"I know, having been the first victim, that Brianna Dennison would still be alive, had I been able to defend myself that night," Amanda Collins said later. And last month, she testified in favor of a bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus.

The legislation is SB 231, sponsored by Senator John Lee (D-Las Vegas). The bill would remove the absurd requirement that CCW holders get permission from the university president-permission that is almost always denied. Amanda was granted permission to carry following her attack, but she is the only permit holder to be granted such permission at the university.

Sen. Lee's bill would simply allow for the carrying of concealed firearms on public college and universities by permit holders.

The bill is scheduled to be voted on by the full Senate this week or early next week. It's time to let all Senators know that lawful gun owners do not support "gun free zones," including on college and university campuses.

You can click HERE to locate your own Senator(s) and follow the link to find contact info. You can cut and paste the pre-written letter below to send your message.

Save the Date!

In order to put pressure on the legislature to pass the campus carry bill, GOA will take part in a rally on April 29th in Las Vegas at The Gun Store, the largest gun store in Clark County.

GOA Executive Director Larry Pratt will be speaking, and Amanda Collins will give her powerful testimony of how the current law kept her disarmed and allowed a killer and rapist to stay on the loose.

The rally will begin at 7:00 pm at The Gun Store, 2900 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas, Nevada 89121. Click HERE for directions.



Dear Senator:

I urge you to support SB 231, a bill to allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus.  The bill would remove the absurd requirement that CCW holders get permission from a university president—permission that is almost always denied.

Amanda Collins had a permit to carry a concealed firearm on the night she was brutally raped on the University of Nevada’s Reno campus in October of 2007.

But that night, when Amanda most needed a gun for protection, she wasn’t carrying because the university is a “gun free zone.”  Gun free, that is, for those who respect the law.  It was not so for the armed attacker, who turned out to be a serial rapist and murderer and who now occupies a place on death row.

A week after the attack on Amanda, another woman was raped on campus.  Then came the abduction of Brianna Denison, who was raped and murdered.

Amanda was granted permission to carry following her attack, but she is the only permit holder to be granted such permission at the university.

I do NOT support “gun free zones,” including those on college and university campuses.  So please SUPPORT SB 231 to allow for the carrying of concealed firearms on public college and universities by permit holders.

Sincerely,