Rhode Island law enforcement officials are urging state legislators to allow public college police officers to carry guns.
Maj. Stephen Baker of the University of Rhode
Island campus police told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday
that it's unconscionable his officers can't carry guns given the dangers
police face. Rhode Island is the only state that doesn't allow public
college officers to have firearms.
The Providence Journal also reports that state Attorney General Peter Kilmartin has
informed the committee that he supports the bill, which would allow
officers at URI, Rhode Island College and the Community College to carry
Lawmakers introduced the bill following an
incident earlier this month at URI where reports of a gunman sent
students running from classrooms. Police found no gun and no shooter.