The Arizona Board of Regents unanimously opposed Senate Bill 1474 Tuesday, which would allow anyone over the age of 21 with a concealed-carry permit to carry a gun on campus.
“We are confident that firearms on campus, other than those carried by law enforcement, are detrimental to the safety and security of our campus environments,” Regent Dennis DeConcini said in a statement.
The Regents, university presidents, and university police have strongly disapproved of SB 1474.
University police chiefs at the ABOR meeting Thursday said students carrying concealed guns would create an unsafe campus and would impede police officers’ abilities to ensure safety.
Regent Ernest Calderón said responsible gun ownership has always been a part of his family, but he doesn’t understand the need for students to carry guns on campus.
“Allowing handguns on campus creates nothing more than unnecessary liability,” Calderón said in a statement.