On-campus gun shows and university gun policy

Question

As far as I know, the resolution regarding guns on campus didn’t pass in the state legislature this spring, and thus guns are not generally allowed on campus. Why, then, does the university continue to rent out the Patty Center for private gun shows?  Yesterday afternoon (10/15), I was driving across campus, and a man walked out in front of my car (not at a crosswalk) with a shotgun slung over his shoulder. This is disconcerting at best, but it also seems as though having gun shows on campus should be against the board of regents regulations regarding firearms on campus.

Response

SB 174, relating to weapons on campus, died in the House Finance Committee. Similar legislation may be reintroduced next January.

University of Alaska Board of Regents’ policy and related university regulations remain unchanged and can be found at http://www.alaska.edu/bor/policy/02-09.pdf.

While there are exceptions, generally firearms are prohibited in buildings or parts of buildings owned or controlled by the university; on developed university land adjacent to university buildings; or at university sporting, entertainment or educational events.

Firearms are permitted at approved and supervised activities, including rifle ranges, gun shows, etc.; in cars located on streets or in parking lots; by faculty or staff in residences and by dormitory students in approved storage and while transporting firearms directly to residences or dormitory storage locations; and on undeveloped and uninhabited university land.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with the board of regents via audio testimony, please visit http://www.alaska.edu/bor/public-testimony/ for dates and options for doing so.

Written testimony is accepted at any time and is shared with the board and the president. Please submit to: ua-bor@alaska.edu.

— Carla Browning, communications and events manager, UAF University Relations