Rufus Glasper, chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges, said this week that he opposes SB 1474, which would allow guns to be carried on college campuses by persons other than law enforcement personnel.

"The Maricopa Community Colleges believe that SB1474 starts from a false premise - that campuses would be safer if students were allowed to carry guns," Glasper said. "There is no evidence to support that concept. In fact, I believe our campuses will be less safe if guns are allowed. Faced with an emergency, our public safety officers and local police may encounter a situation in which several people - only one of whom is the criminal - have guns.

"In such an encounter, police will be unable to quickly assess which person poses the real threat. More lives may be at stake," he continued. "What's more, there is no evidence to suggest that persons who illegally bring guns on campus to commit a crime will be deterred if they know that others can legally carry guns."

Glasper said he was joining with other members of the Arizona Community College Presidents Council, the organization whose members are the leaders of the state's community colleges, in opposing the bill.

"The danger created by this proposal is real. I urge the Legislature to oppose legislation that would encourage the presence of firearms by any law enforcement personnel," Glasper said.

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