Bill would allow for firearms on campus
Senate Majority Leader John Coghill has introduced legislation that would allow the legal concealed carry of firearms on University of Alaska campuses.
Coghill says SB176, brought to him by his intern, challenges the Board of Regents’ authority to set rules restricting legal carry.
The bill says the state has the authority to regulate firearms and knives and unless specifically allowed by law, the regents cannot enforce policies regulating things like possession or use.
SB176 says board policies can restrict shooting a firearm in places where people, property or animals are jeopardized and possession of firearms and knives in restricted access areas of university buildings.
Coghill says the question is whether his proposal would encourage or mitigate those who want to be bad actors. He said he thinks it mitigates it.