Consideration of a controversial systemwide by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education has been put on hold to allow time for further study.Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Chancellor Frank Brogan said the system's board of governors will hold off later this month on adopting a campus weapons policy to allow more time for further study.Jan Murphy/Pennlive
Given the fluidity of court rulings surrounding this issue involving Second Amendment rights and high public interest in a , system Chancellor Frank Brogan said today during a webinar that more time is needed.
This is just too important to get it right, Brogan said.
The draft policy would allow anyone who enters a campus to carry a firearm in "non-sensitive" areas such as walkways and open courtyards.
However, it would ban firearms and other dangerous weapons from being carried into residence halls, student union buildings, cafeterias and other indoor and outdoor venues where large numbers of people gather, including sports stadiums.
Given court rulings in other states and at the federal level regarding blanket weapons bans on public universities and their infringement on the constitutional right to bear arms, system lawyers have determined the bans in place on State System campus are vulnerable to a constitutional challenge.
The system s board was expected to consider adopting a proposed weapons policy at its meeting later this month to allow time to educate people about it before implementing it in the fall.
Brogan said he continues to have the concern about allowing time for people to become aware of any policy of this significance before it is implemented. So now, he said the earliest any weapons policy would likely be implemented would be the fall of 2015-16.
Check back to PennLive later for another story that discusses testimony heard during today s webinar.
The proposed policy would regulate weapons possession on Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester university campuses. It would not apply to Penn State, Temple, Pitt, Lincoln or private colleges and universities, many of which ban weapons except for those carried by law enforcement.
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