University police officers must be allowed to carry guns on campus

Lynn Russo Whylly's picture
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The University of Oregon Police Department (UOPD), like most university police departments, is “responsible for campus safety, crime prevention and law enforcement.”

Before Friday, however, there was one striking difference that set this police department apart from most others: Officers serving in UOPD were prohibited by state bureaucrats from carrying firearms.

The officers, responsible for the safety of over 24,000 students on a 295-acre campus, were faced with executing their mission using tools akin to what you would expect from a mall cop.

Thankfully, the state Board of Higher Education ruled on Friday to allow these officers to carry guns on campus. They will reportedly start doing so this fall.

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