...not legally, anyway.
The ever-reliable (for providing blog subject material, anyway) Jack Harper is getting an early start on his term in the House. The soon-to-be-former state senator is the lead sponsor of the first House bill of the next session of the legislature, HB2001.
If enacted into law, the measure would allow faculty members of the state's community colleges, provisional community colleges, and state universities to carry concealed weapons on campus.
This bill, in one form or another, has been proposed in the last few sessions of the legislature. It's usually opposed by the police departments and staff of the various colleges and campuses.
It's an indicator of how certain (OK, "most") Rs place a premium on ideology over reality.
Nearly everybody who has worked, taught, learned, or just visited on one of Arizona's college campuses doesn't see the need for this bill, yet the ideologues in the legislature continue to push this measure to turn our colleges and universities into armed encampments.
Of course, this being the legislature, when one comes across a measure that seems to be inherently dumb, one should also look for legislator who'd personally benefit from it.
State Rep. John Kavanagh (R-Russell Pearce with a 'Noo Yawk' accent) is the Director of Scottsdale Community College's Administration of Justice Studies program.
This bill, if passed, would seem to benefit him, presuming that as an FOR (Friend of Russell's) he's as much in the pocket of the NRA as his friend and cannot function in society without immediate access to his gun.
The campus of the community college that employs him is situated entirely within the boundaries of the Salt River Pima/Maricopa Indian Community (SRP/MIC).
While the college is "within the jurisdiction" of a community college district (Maricopa County Community College District), the laws that apply to the persons on it are those of the SRP/MIC.
People are barred from possessing weapons on the campus (and the rest of the Community) under *tribal* law, not state law.
HB2001, if enacted, wouldn't actually go into effect there.
I'm not sure if the prospects for this bill are any better this time around than they were in the past, but given the lege's rightward lurch and its utter disregard for the opinions of people who have anything to do with education, anything is possible.
Stay tuned. The coming session of the lege is going to provide fodder for writers all over the state.