The lawmaker, State Senator Karen S. Johnson, has sponsored a bill, which the Senate Judiciary Committee approved last week, that would allow people with a concealed weapons permit–limited to those 21 and older in Arizona–to carry their firearms at public colleges and universities. Concealed weapons are generally not permitted at most public establishments, including colleges. Johnson, a Republican from Mesa, said she believed that the recent carnage at Northern Illinois University could have been prevented or limited if an armed student or professor had intercepted the gunman. She initially wanted her bill to cover all public schools, kindergarten and up, but other lawmakers convinced her it stood a better chance of passing if it were limited to higher education. Her bill makes Arizona the latest of at least 15 states that have legislation pending that would allow guns on college campuses…

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