AUGUSTA  — Higher education leaders say campuses would be less safe if lawmakers pass a Maine Republican’s campus carry bill.

The bill wouldn’t let public universities, community colleges and Maine Maritime Academy regulate possession of handguns on their campuses.

Maine allows concealed carry without a permit for those over 21 years old and has exceptions for active duty military members and veterans.

Republican Rep. Richard Cebra’s bill wouldn’t allow concealed handguns in locations like a residence hall.

Todd Tolhurst of Gun Owners of Maine said at a Tuesday hearing killers operate with impunity in gun-free zones.

The president of Maine’s community college system says it’s dangerous to have more guns drawn when police officers arrive.

The University of Maine’s police chief said it’s extremely rare an armed citizen could stop an active shooter.

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