Friday, February 25, 2011

Guns on Campus Bill Advances

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 3:10 PM

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The Senate bill to allow anyone with a concealed-weapon permit to carry a gun on campus advanced through the Senate Rules Committee this week.

University presidents and the Arizona Board of Regents oppose SB 1467. TW intern Jazmine Woodberry tells The Range:


UA President Robert Shelton doesn’t want to see guns on campus.

“I get my information from UAPD (the University Of Arizona Police Department), TPD (Tucson Police Department) and talking with colleges around the country,” said Shelton. “All of them, to a person, man, woman or child, say this bill, this opportunity to carry firearms on campus would create some serious hazards.”

Shelton said the classroom doesn’t qualify as a proper venue for firearms.

Arizona State University President Michael Crow was blunt when he spoke before the Arizona Board of Regents at their February meeting: "There is no other function for those devices other than to kill the person who is at the other end of their use.”

Robert Rosinski, a civil-engineering sophomore and president of Students for the Second Amendment, says the administration is overreacting to the idea of guns on campus.

"They aren't evil dragons," he says. "They are hunks of metal that shoot bullets."

“We're not going to have people running around shooting people," Rosinski adds. "People are more comfortable having the opportunity to decide their own fate.”

Details on the legislation here.

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