Soon Arizona residents will be able to carry firearms on campus. Right, really. Even after the Gabrielle Giffords shooting incident, Arizona legislators decided the state needed more gun privileges.

According to an article by Alia Beard Rau in The Arizona Republic:

The Arizona House gave final approval to a measure that will allow guns on college campuses…. Senate Bill 1467 passed 33-24, with several Republicans and all present Democrats voting against the measure. The final version of the bill requires state community colleges and universities to allow both concealed and openly carried weapons in their public rights of way, which would likely include public roads and adjacent sidewalks.

The original version would have allowed guns everywhere on college campuses, including in classrooms. Bill sponsor Sen. Ron Gould, R-Lake Havasu City, said he narrowed the scope to assure the bill’s passage.

Right, we’re not crazy, Gould maintains.

Arizona gun laws are among the most lenient in the country. State law essentially allows permits anyone over 21 to own a firearm. And now he can bring it too college too.

According to the article:

Supporters said SB 1467 would improve campus safety and solve the problem of gun owners finding themselves in violation of campus regulations by simply driving through campus on a public right of way with a gun in their car. State statute already allows guns on city streets, sidewalks and other public rights of way.

Of all the problems Arizona higher education currently faces, I think “gun owners finding themselves in violation of campus regulations by driving through campus with a gun in their car” might qualify as rather minor. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer