LCCC Athletic Director: Guns At Games ‘Does Not Work’
The Athletic Director at Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne says a proposal to allow people to carry concealed guns into college sporting events in Wyoming just isn't a good idea.
Scott Noble says he is a strong supporter of the second amendment. But he says the idea of allowing people to bring weapons into college game venues, is risky because sports events are "high-octane, emotional" gatherings.
He adds that in some sports venues in the state alcohol is also served, and he says the combination of emotion, alcohol and guns "just does not work."
House Bill 136, which has passed the state House and is pending in the Wyoming Senate, would allow people with concealed-carry permits to bring guns onto college campuses and specifically to sporting events.
Noble says if House Bill 136 does become law, he thinks athletic conferences which include teams from the University of Wyoming and the state's seven community colleges would probably take action to ban guns at games.
Noble says the NJCAA, which governs junior college athletic events, and the NCAA, which governs sports at four-year colleges and universities, might even ban guns at sports events in the state if the bill becomes law.
University of Wyoming Athletic Director Tom Burman and UW Vice-President Chris Boswell have also spoken out against allowing concealed weapons at college sports events.
Supporters of the measure argue such events are actually made safer by people carrying concealed weapons at public gatherings because people could defend themselves against armed attackers.