Should Rhode Island’s public colleges be allowed to decide for themselves whether campus police should carry firearms?

THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND campus is under lockdown as police investigate the report of a gunman. / COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND is the only public college in the state to arm its campus police with firearms./ COURTESY THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND
The state's three public colleges have different views about arming campus police officers with firearms. The Community College of Rhode Island doesn't think it is necessary, citing a multiyear plan with CCRI’s host cities – Warwick, Lincoln, Providence and Newport – to respond to campus emergencies. The University of Rhode Island, however, said arming its…

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