Arizona Representative Pushes Campus Carry to Prevent Mass Shootings

George Mason college student carries a gun on campus
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On January 13, Arizona state Representative Sonny Borrelli (R-Lake Havasu City) introduced campus carry as a way to prevent mass shootings on college campuses in the state.

According to KSL:

Arizona law doesn’t prohibit people from carrying weapons on college campuses, but the Arizona Board of Regents does not allow students or faculty to carry any weapons on campus or at any university-sponsored activity except when it’s locked in a vehicle and hidden from view. Community colleges also do not generally allow firearms on campuses.

But Borrelli’s legislation, House Bill 2072, would change this by prohibiting “universities and their governing boards from adopting any rule that stops a faculty member or student from carrying a firearm on campus.”

In short, students and faculty with concealed carry permits would be allowed to carry on campus under Borrelli’s bill.

Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, and Texas are among the “eight states that have similar laws.” Oregon allows campus carry on university campuses, but junior colleges can opt out. Umpqua Community College was one of the Oregon junior colleges that had chosen not to allow campus carry for self-defense by maintaining a “no guns on campus policy.”

State Senator Steve Farley (D-Tucson) opposes Borrelli’s bill. He claims, “It’s the role of university police, not students and faculty, to provide safety and security on campuses.”

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