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UA President Says Campus Gun Bill Unacceptable

Published On: Mar 19 2014 08:59:57 PM AKDT
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University of Alaska President Pat Gamble has told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday a bill permitting concealed handguns on campus is unacceptable.

Gamble said the Board of Regents is very satisfied with the current firearms policy it has. He also says under the revised bill he does not see how the university is out of compliance.

The university president says he is now receiving letters from people saying they plan to leave the University of Alaska if Senate Bill 176 becomes law.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader John Coghill of North Pole, was revised by his staff to find common ground with university safety concerns.

Coghill at one point told Gamble the rights of Alaskans do not stop at the university door.