FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 21, 2014
Contact: Kevin McGee, 441-2137
Students, UAA Leadership Speak Out Against Guns on Campus
Anchorage NAACP calls on legislature to put student safety first
ANCHORAGE: UAA President Pat Gamble joined students urging the state legislature not to pass SB 176 and HB 335, bills that would let students carry concealed weapons on campus. The Anchorage NAACP is calling on the legislature to stop this legislation that could increase gun violence.
A student tweeted, "You can count on me to leave UAA if bill to allow guns on campus passes."
University of Alaska President Pat Gamble also testified that the gun bill could cause students and faculty to leave the University of Alaska system.
"The Alaska legislature should listen to administrators, students, and faculty of the University of Alaska system: More guns on campus would equal more gun violence. The legislature should put student safety first and reject SB 176 and HB 335," said Kevin McGee, 1st Vice President of the Anchorage NAACP.
The Anchorage NAACP has taken a position in opposition to these bills that could increase gun violence on campus. The Anchorage NAACP supports higher college graduation rates and campus safety.