Senate Judiciary hears from NRA about campus guns

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JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday heard testimony from the National Rifle Association on a bill that would change current practice and allow people to carry concealed firearms on University of Alaska system campuses.

NRA spokesman Brian Judy addressed arguments that have been made by University of Alaska President Pat Gamble over not allowing firearms on campuses.

Judy said both the U.S. and Alaska constitutions allow an individual the right to bear arms for self-protection. He wondered by what right the university, a state entity, can't disavow that.

Gamble attended but didn't speak. He is scheduled to give testimony next week, when the bill will be heard again.

The bill is sponsored by Sen. John Coghill, a Republican from North Pole.

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