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Rep. Costa calls for arming campus security officers

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Dee DeQuattro

ddequattro@abc6.com

After the gun scare at the University of Rhode Island one local lawmaker says it's time to arm public safety officers.

Representative Doreen Costa says she will submit legislation in the General Assembly next week calling for public safety officials on Rhode Island's public colleges to be armed.

"God forbid there ever is a gun on campus we need to be able to respond to that," said Costa. "Pepper spray is not going to protect you from a bullet."

Costa will submit legislation that mirrors a bill submitted by former State Senator Glen Shibley in 2010.

The bill will allow public safety officers at the state's three public institutions to carry a firearm if they complete prerequisite training.

University of Rhode Island President David Dooley said he is for arming campus security in order to allow for immediate response in emergency situations.

At a school safety bill hearing earlier this week, arming public safety officers was mentioned by lawmakers but many said the measure might prove to be too costly.

A bill in the RI House of Representatives and the Senate have been previously introduced and referred to their respective Judiciary committee. No hearing dates are set.

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