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Arizona Lawmakers Approve Guns on College Campuses

Arizona Lawmakers Approve Guns on College Campuses

On Thursday night, Arizona lawmakers gave their final approval for Senate Bill 1467, which allows guns on college campuses. According to the The Arizona Republican, SB 1467 was approved by a vote of 33-24:

The final version of the bill requires state community colleges and universities to allow both concealed and openly carried weapons in their public rights of way, which would likely include public roads and adjacent sidewalks.

The original version would have allowed guns everywhere on college campuses, including in classrooms. Bill sponsor Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said he narrowed the scope to assure the bill’s passage.

Several Republicans and all present Democrats voted against the measure. The bill nows goes to the desk of Gov. Jan Brewer, who has supported measures to expand guns rights before.

Currently, Arizona and 24 other states allow public colleges and universities to make their own policies about carrying guns on campus. However, as the Chronicle of Higher Education reports:

Arizona is one of nine states where legislators have sought to restrict campus gun bans this year. A measure in Texas that would allow permit holders to carry concealed weapons into campus buildings was expected to win passage in the State Senate this week, but hit a snag on Thursday when two lawmakers withdrew their support, at least temporarily, in response to lobbying by college officials, the Associated Press reported.

Only Utah allows public colleges and universities to allow concealed weapons everywhere on campus.

As The Arizona Republican reports, faculty organizations at all three of the state’s public campuses have approved resolutions against SB 1467. Furthermore, campus security personnel have testified against the bill. 

Supporters of the bill claim that it is “reasonable” and would rather improve campus safety, as well as solving “the problem of gun owners finding themselves in violation of campus regulations by simply driving through campus on a public right of way with a gun in their car.” Under Arizona State statute, guns can be carried on city streets, sidewalks and other public rights of way.

I’m a college professor (and I like my job at a small college in New Jersey very much). You can be sure, I will not be seeking a position at a college or university campus in Arizona so long as this law is in place. Faculty members these days are wary about the use of technology — defined as laptop computers, cell phones, iPads — in the class. But if the technology includes firearms, that puts a whole different spin on explaining what is considered ‘inappropriate behavior in the classroom’ on the course syllabus.

 

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7:35PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for article.

7:35PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for article.

7:34PM PDT on Oct 21, 2012

Thank you for article.

11:39PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Annmari L.
Most common cause of death for children aged 15 or younger is gun shot wounds. Virginia Tech and Columbine High ring a bell? I rest my case

interesting..http://www.safekids.org/our-work/research/fact-sheets/high-risk-fact-safety.html
i think your case was rested before it began.hmmm

11:32PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

patricia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_violence
if you are using this source...i feel sorry for you because if you believe mexico has less homicides by fire arms then the u.s.then you must not read hear or see news..
this page is horribly inaccurate and doesn't even have all the countries on it. and also have the status of weather guns are allowed or not is wrong as well. mexico is almost as bad as the united kingdom for NOT allowing citizens to carry. and look at all the problems the u.k is having as well. yeah..i hope your really not trying to use a site like that. lots of false info.

11:15PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

patricia l.
wow..some time has passed on a dead issue. what made you come into here?
well................The U.S. of A. has the most death due to guns than any country in the world. Check out those stats Chuckie boy!

really?what crappy activist fact site told you that?
funny.....all i have to say is africa...and that sums it up. another good example would be the eastern block or ummm..the middle east. but hey, i know we have the most deaths due to cars. they sure are dangerous. we should definitely get rid of those, huh.? what we do fail in comparison to those countries is genocide. we sure are a failure aren't we. boy...we're so violent.

Chuck K....Isn't Arizona the state that tried to make it legal to carry guns into Bars? How dumb is that;!
yeah..its been law for while...no problems so far.no cases on bar gun shootings in az.
remember..muggings do happen outside of bars at night on their way to their car. the gun doesn't do them much good if its not on them.

I would not consider a relationship with a man (or let him in my home) who felt he had to walk around with a gun. He is either a possible killer or has a dick the size of a 2 year old....Probably both

or maybe he just enjoys his constitutional right or is a proud defender of your bill of rights....or both. he carries so you can express your 1st amendment..which is the right to freedom of speech and be free of a tyrannical government.

10:18PM PDT on Jun 27, 2012

Paul D
ah..havent checked in a while....
Paul D
good luck proving that one. thats all i ll say.

6:21AM PST on Mar 5, 2012

I would not consider a relationship with a man (or let him in my home) who felt he had to walk around with a gun. He is either a possible killer or has a dick the size of a 2 year old....Probably both. Chuck K....Isn't Arizona the state that tried to make it legal to carry guns into Bars? How dumb is that;! I live in this state. Beautiful country but one of the worst states Education wise. A lot of ignorance here in Arizona. The U.S. of A. has the most death due to guns than any country in the world. Check out those stats Chuckie boy!

6:55PM PDT on Jun 2, 2011

noted.Dangerous

7:08PM PDT on May 30, 2011

@ Chuck K.,
The only reason CA has so many more murders is because there are that many more people in CA. I live in AL where guns are plentiful.

Statisticly, per capita, it is safer to walk through So. Chicago or Harlem than any street in AL. On the news a week doesn't go by when there isn't at least 3 shootings.

Another reason there are so many murders in CA and the other states you mention, is because criminals can drive to AZ, NV, CO, TX, LA, MS, AL, VA, NC, SC, GA, OK, AR, and TN to name a few and buy a truckload of guns at a gun show with little or no ID and no background check. Take it home and sell it on the street.

So you people in those liberal gun law states. You are pretty well responsible for many of those CA, et al, deaths.

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