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Regents oppose bills that allow guns on campus

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Posted at 4:39 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 18:39:34-05
The regents govern Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. In a statement Wednesday, Regents President Jay Heiler says the board will discuss relevant policy with the universities' presidents and police chiefs plus explore measures to advance campus safety. 

The Arizona Board of Regents has voted unanimously to oppose two legislative bills that would allow students to carry concealed weapons on campuses of the state's three public universities.

The regents govern Arizona State University, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University.

In a statement Wednesday, Regents President Jay Heiler says the board will discuss relevant policy with the universities' presidents and police chiefs plus explore measures to advance campus safety.

He says one measure discussed includes the potential of a "campus marshal" program that might enlist former and active law enforcement, military and other trained personnel on campus to provide additional security.

One House bill introduced would allow students and faculty at all public universities, colleges and community colleges in Arizona to carry a concealed weapon on campus.