UT Officers Suspended In Dispute Over Campus Gun Policy


Two University of Utah public safety officers are on paid administrative leave after internal guidelines that would ban the open carrying of firearms were made public, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Gun rights activists say such a policy violates state law, and legislators are getting involved in the dispute.

Zachary Wellman, a security guard, said he and another campus police officer were put on leave after Wellman shared the guidelines with a friend, who took the protocols to gun advocacy groups and state lawmakers. Wellman told the Tribune, “It is a huge issue because they’re circumventing the Utah law and the university president is now making the law, which they have no power to do.” University president Michael Young wrote in a memo that “having weapons in plain sight on this campus creates a fearful and intimidating campus environment.”

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