JUNEAU -

The president of the University of Alaska system is raising concerns with a bill that would allow the legal concealed carry of firearms on university system campuses.

Pat Gamble told the Senate Judiciary Committee that 15,000 to 20,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade visit university system campuses. He says he could not protect them if the bill passes.

He noted that the courts make an exception to the right to bear firearms when it comes to schools with a K-12 population.

The bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. John Coghill, would forbid the University of Alaska Board of Regents from enacting firearms regulations that does not comply with state firearms regulations.

The bill remains in committee.