With a few exceptions, the University of Alabama will continue its prohibition against the possession of firearms on campus by students, employees and visitors, according to a revised weapons policy released Friday.
The revised policy, which goes into effect immediately and is posted on the UA website, was issued in response to a new state law that sought to clarify where and how gun owners could carry and transport their firearms.
The law, which went into effect Aug. 1, reinforced the right of gun owners to openly carry firearms in public places and permitted open carry on private property with consent. It also allows concealed-carry permit holders to have handguns on public and private property, with some exceptions.
UA’s revised policy — which applies to faculty, staff, students, contractors, patients and visitors — generally continues a ban on the possession, transportation and use of firearms and other dangerous weapons on property owned, leased or controlled by the university and any affiliated foundation or health care entity.
Similar policies at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Alabama in Huntsville were also posted Friday afternoon, according to UA System spokeswoman Kellee Reinhart.
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