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Arizona House approves concealed carry permit holders bringing guns on college campuses

Republicans on the Arizona House Judiciary Committee passed a bill this week that would allow college and university students with concealed carry permits to bring guns on campus.

Flagstaff Republican Wendy Rogers is Senate Bill 1198’s primary sponsor. She said it’s important to show Arizona is a leader in enabling Second Amendment rights, even on college campuses.

“These are not kids,” said Rogers. “These are adults who have been granted a concealed carry permit.”

Despite being a gun owner, House Minority Leader Lupe Contreras disagreed.

“We keep talking about having the CCW permit and it makes you more responsible,” Contreras said. “No. It makes you a person that pays 60 bucks and took an online course.”

The bill now awaits a vote of the full House.

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Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.