Maricopa Community Colleges Board Urges No Guns on Campus

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The Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College Board has passed a resolution opposing SB1474 and SB1479, bills that would allow guns on campus.

The Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College Board has passed a resolution opposing SB1474 and SB1479, bills that would allow guns on campus.

The resolution says the District “is gravely concerned that, in an active shooter situation on campus, having additional people with weapons could result in further chaos and carnage by delaying law enforcement’s ability to identify the active shooter.”

The Board’s vote was 4-0, with one member absent.

The resolution asks the legislature to turn back SB1474, which would allow permit holders to bring weapons on campus, and SB1479, which would prohibit the Board from adopting policies or regulations that would prevent disruption of the colleges through use or possession of a firearm.

With its action, Board members join other leaders of higher education in strong opposition to the proposal. Earlier this month, Chancellor Rufus Glasper expressed his opposition to the proposal. The Board also opposed a similar measure proposed last year.

The Maricopa County Community College District is one of the largest community college districts in the nation. It includes 10 colleges – Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Estrella Mountain Community College, GateWay Community College, Glendale Community College, Mesa Community College, Paradise Valley Community College, Phoenix College, Rio Salado College, Scottsdale Community College and South Mountain Community College. The District also includes the Maricopa Skill Center, Southwest Skill Center, several satellite campuses and business/industry; technical and customized training institutes.

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