UA Board formally opposes campus conceal-carry bill

The University of Alaska Board of Regents has formalized its opposition to a state Senate bill that would allow concealed weapons on its campuses.

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Jim Johnsen at a meet and greet in Juneau, July 7, 2015. Johnsen is a candidate for University of Alaska president. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)
UA president Jim Johnsen (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)

On a vote of 9-2, the regents adopted a resolution Friday saying that the legislation, in its current form, would prevent the university from responding to high risk and conflict situations on university property.

In a news release, University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen says the bill, as written, limits the board’s ability to govern the university.

The university system has proposed six amendments, including ones that would allow it to limit concealed weapons in dorms and health and counseling facilities or during adjudication of disciplinary issues. The system also wants to require concealed carry permits of students or employees who want to carry on campuses.