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UW Faculty Senate supports gun-free campus, but Faculty Staff poll shows support for guns

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LARAMIE, Wyoming — The University of Wyoming Faculty Senate has approved a resolution supporting a gun-free campus.

The resolution approved last week urges state lawmakers to consider the consequences of any proposal to allow open or concealed carry weapons on campus.

Legislation to allow guns on college campuses has failed in recent legislative sessions with UW officials strongly opposing any change in its policy that basically allows only police to be armed.

The reasons the Faculty Senate resolution listed for opposing such a move include firearms in the classroom will be perceived as a threat of violence and adding guns to the stress, alcohol and drug abuse and other questionable behavior that make up the dynamics of campus life can have "potentially lethal consequences."

It noted that firearms aren't allowed in the State Capitol building in Cheyenne and students and employees who feel threatened can obtain a permit from UW police to carry a gun on campus.

But a survey indicates that UW Staff Senate may not agree with the Faculty Senate.

Results of a Staff Senate poll distributed Nov. 30 shows that 52 percent of the 1,355 respondents supported concealed carry on campus provided that the person passes a background check and has sufficient training with the weapon. Thirty-six percent opposed concealed carry.

Another 5 percent responded in favor of concealed carry with just a background check, while another 7 percent said they were in outright favor of concealed carry.

"At first I was surprised as to how many senators responded," Staff Senate President Rachel Stevens told the Laramie Boomerang (http://bit.ly/1wsrsZw). "We have a little over 1,600 members and 1,355 replied."

Still, Stevens said her organization is working on a resolution similar to that of the Faculty Senate.


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

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