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Keene State College Issues Response to Senate Vote that Protects Campus Safety

Concord, NH, February 9, 2012: The New Hampshire State Senate voted February 8 to protect the ability of the state’s public colleges and universities to prohibit firearms on campus.

By voice vote, the Senate sent HB 334, “An Act relative to the state’s authority to prohibit or regulate firearms, firearms components, ammunition, firearms supplies, and knives,” to interim study. The vote means further action on the bill is unlikely during this legislative session.

Keene State College and the University System of New Hampshire opposed the legislation.

“We are grateful for the vote in the State Senate and the support we have received from lawmakers, including Governor John Lynch, on this important issue,” said Helen Giles-Gee, President of Keene State College. “Our top priority is to create a safe environment where our students can learn and grow. Allowing guns on campus would result in unnecessary risks to the campus community.”

The bill was originally introduced in January 2011 and was carried over for consideration during the current Legislative session. Governor Lynch promised to veto the bill, should it pass both the House and Senate.

For more information about the bill, click here.

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