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Crime Data Shows Few Weapons Incidents on Campus

Crime Data Shows Few Weapons Incidents on Campus



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Federal crime data for college campuses shows few weapons incidents on campuses.

The Salt Lake Tribune reporting on federal data from 2001 to 2005 said on Utah college campuses there were NO incidents involving a student showing a gun in a threatening manner.

Of the 23 gun reports, seven involved loaded handguns and the rest involved BB or paintball guns.

The remaining 16 incidents involved weapons ranging from knives to brass knuckles.

No incidents involved a legally concealed weapon.

Utah Self-Defense Instructor's Network chairman Clark Aposhian says people should not fear those who carry concealed weapons. He says they are doing it for one reason -- lawful self-defense.

But University of Utah lobbyist Kim Wirthlin still worries about allowing weapons of any kind on campus. She says with firearms there can be accidental discharges.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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