Wanting more time, State System puts off vote on Pennsylvania university weapons policy

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Friday, January 10, 2014

A vote to create a weapons policy covering Pennsylvania’s 14 state-owned universities that was to occur as soon as Jan. 23 has been postponed indefinitely to allow more information-gathering and input from the public, officials said today.

Word of the delay came this morning as the State System of Higher Education convened a hearing in Harrisburg, streamed live online, for the purpose of gauging public sentiment about the controversial policy and better informing the system’s board of governors prior to their anticipated vote.

The policy, as recommended by a State System task force, would prohibit offensive weapons including firearms from buildings, sporting and outdoor events plus all other “sensitive areas” across the 14 universities that include the Western Pennsylvania campuses of California, Clarion, Edinboro, Indiana and Slippery Rock universities.

But even before the first speaker was introduced, State System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan acknowledged that given the range of sentiments on a topic that nationally has sparked controversy and legal battles, the system needed more time to evaluate its proposal.

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