No, the “Campus Self-Defense Act” does not extend to high school campuses. It applies only to college campuses, for now, but wait until next year.

HB 4298 at the moment is in the House Judiciary Committee, after emerging from the House Education Committee on Feb. 9.

The way things are going, we suspect it will move to the full House for a vote shortly. Bills must be out of a committee today.

What this bill does is rescind the authority of state-owned colleges to choose whether guns are allowed on their campuses.

Currently, colleges can choose to allow guns on campus or not. None allow it now, including WVU.

Incredibly, nearly a dozen states already allow for people carrying concealed weapons on college campuses.

We believed 4298 was a wrongheaded proposal the moment it was introduced and in light of every school shooting looks even worse.

Our reasons are simple and we like to think grounded in common sense. They include:

— Campus police forces are already armed and trained to respond to active shooters and other gun violence.

— On most campuses, municipal and county law enforcement agencies are always nearby.

— The ability to distinguish the good guy from the bad guy in a shooting would be dangerously blurred for officers.

— Allowing for guns in classrooms would more likely have a chilling effect rather than be comfort.

— Knowing when it is appropriate to draw a weapon or use it in such situations is rarely black and white.

— Currently, there is no requirements for permitting and training to carry a concealed weapon.

— Accidental discharges, misplaced or stolen firearms and potential false alarms could mean disaster.

— The firearm owner’s and the school’s liability are also concerns.

— And we thought lawmakers were interested in returning local control to schools. Maybe not.

Yes, it could happen here. It could happen on WVU’s campus and any other campus.

Not to mention, potentially every workplace and every public or private building people can access.

Some argue that the proliferation of firearms helps to curb gun violence. We think that allowing anyone to carry guns in public venues, including on campus, triggers it.

It’s uncanny that lawmakers want to expand where firearms are allowed, yet make no provision allowing for a Capitol-carry law.

As is, the public’s access to the Capitol, where metal detectors and armed guards are in place, is restricted.

Wouldn’t every visitor and every constituent carrying a firearm mean more security? And imagine the savings on all that unnecessary security.