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University of Wyoming Faculty Senate solidifies position against allowing firearms on campus

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LARAMIE, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming Faculty Senate is considering taking a formal stance against allowing firearms on campus.

At its first meeting of the academic year last week, the Faculty Senate presented a resolution for a firearm-free campus. The resolution states "there are many aspects of a university setting that are not conducive to students, educators and visitors carrying firearms."

The resolution is scheduled to be discussed again during the group's next meeting on Oct. 27.

Faculty Senate Chair Ed Janak told fellow senators the debate over firearms on campus at UW is likely to arise again in the 2015 legislative session, based on conversations he had with several lawmakers.

Bills have been introduced recently in the Wyoming Legislature to allow firearms on K-12 and college campuses in the state. However, they have failed to pass.

UW officials and faculty have testified against the proposals.

Chair Elect Tucker Readdy said it behooves the Faculty Senate to let state lawmakers know with a resolution that the organization is "on record, permanently, as suggesting that having guns on campus, concealed or otherwise, would be a very bad idea."

The Laramie Boomerang reports (http://bit.ly/1q3LGQD ) that during debate last week on the resolution several faculty members spoke against guns on campus, citing concerns over suicide, children on campus and the perceived threatening nature of firearms.

Anthony Bouchard, director of the Wyoming Gun Owners Association, referred to UW professors as having "Marxist" views and stated that his organization will encourage legislators to cut funding to UW "if they don't obey the Constitution."

"We can't just say it's the law of the land in a joking gesture," Bouchard said. "You have people in the college system that take an oath to the constitution and turn their back to it."

Seven states allow firearms on public university campuses, including Colorado and Idaho.


Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com

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