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Officials want to arm campus police

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The Associated Press

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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 guns.

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.

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