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Senator Pete Kelly has proposed a bill that would override the UA Board of Regents policy on students’ ability to conceal carry on campus. This week we asked students what they think on this possible policy change.
“Let’s put it this way it’s complicated. In general I am a fan of concealed carry weapons laws, but UAF does have a strict no guns policy, if I remember correctly. UA is given a lot of autonomy in terms of rules it can and can not enforce, that the Alaska state can not do. So I think there should be some sort of clause that allows UA to make an executive decision on this law, on whether or not they allow weapons on campus.” – Ben Hedges, Sophomore, Molecular Biology
“This is something that we are talking about a lot in student government. I think the constitution of the state trusts the operation of the university to the board of reagents. I think that’s a really smart way to do it, because the board of reagents is going to be more hands on than the legislature is, and is going to be better equipped and better informed to run the university. So I think in general the legislature should trust the board of reagents to run the university.” – Colby Freel, Sophomore, Theater
“I don’t agree with it necessarily, my background I’m prior service infantry, and the idea sounds like a sound one to a lot of people if everybody is armed the likely hood of something happening is lessened. The truth of the matter is there are a lot of things that go into it and the reason why police and emergency responders can contain and subdue in many cases is because they work as a homogeneous unit. If you arm everybody you have everybody doing their own thing, there is little communication they don’t have training. There are a lot of things to consider and they’re not necessarily taken into account when you don’t have training, and just giving a blanket rule allowing everybody to carry doesn’t really work because they don’t require that training.” – Eric LaMesjerant, Junior, Civil Engineering
“My father being a police officer and rather republican he’s all about weapon carrying, but me personally, part of me is like oh it should be fine, but then part of me is kinda scared honestly because of all the school shootings and college shootings. So I guess I’m kinda on the fence about it. I believe that all people would be carrying it for protection, because that’s what most people do, but then there’s that one percent the what if’s. So I’m really on the fence about it.” – Holly Barnett, Freshman, Chemistry
“I don’t know about the policy, but I know about my constitutional right to keep and bare arms, which is plain and simple, basically concealed or unconcealed. Facts have shown that the shootings have happened in gun free zones, all with the exceptions of one, of the mass shootings, and when people respect each other and protect each other they’re safe, but there is always a bad apple.” – Michael Sapp, declined to state standing, Non-degree Seeking
“I don’t necessarily feel super great about that. I’m fine with the policy the way it is, like there really isn’t a whole lot of reason I could find that you would need a firearm, even if there was, the times would be so few. The accidents that would be caused, especially in the dorms, it’s going to be way more worth it to just keep the firearms in the car, then to have it for like the one or two incidents that it would probably be useful for.” – Zoey Kohrt, Sophomore, Secondary Education