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UA regents take no stand on Senate gun bill

By Associated Press 3:20 PM February 23, 2014

SB 176 would prohibit the university from enacting firearms bans on its campuses with the exception of restricted areas.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – University of Alaska officials have yet to respond to a Senate bill that would allow the legal concealed carry of firearms on University of Alaska campuses.

The Fairbanks News-Miner reports (http://bit.ly/1fFyegW) Senate Bill 176, sponsored by Sen. John Coghill, a Republican from North Pole, would prohibit the university from enacting firearms bans on its campuses with the exception of restricted areas.

Coghill said he believes the university’s policy goes against state law. He also says as a state institution, the university should not be allowed to implement such bans on carrying firearms.

During the Board of Regents meet Thursday in Fairbanks, neither UA President Patrick Gamble nor Board chairwoman Patricia Jacobson took a stance on Coghill’s bill.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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