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College’s Roswell campus may arm security guards

August 21, 2019

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — A college campus in southeastern New Mexico is mulling a plan to arm its security guards.

KOB-TV reports a proposal to arm guards at Eastern New Mexico University’s Roswell campus was presented to the school board last week.

University President Shawn Powell says the school’s location makes it hard for local police agencies to respond quickly to possible danger on campus.

He says the school is around 10 miles (16 kilometers) from Roswell’s downtown.

Under the proposal, campus guards would need to go through training and be certified to carry a firearm under state guidelines.

The proposal will be reviewed by the college board in September.

If approved, the new rule will go into effect by fall or early spring.

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Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com

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