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The Oregon University System cannot ban guns on college campuses, the state Court of Appeals ruled Wednesday in a decision that overturns a decades-old prohibition.

A three-judge panel found that only the Legislature can regulate the possession of firearms under a 1995 state law intended to prevent cities from creating their own gun bans.

Gun-rights advocates cheered the decision as university administrators insisted campuses have safety systems to alert students and staff to potential threats.

“Our greatest concern is for the safety of our students and the entire campus community,” Chancellor George Pernsteiner said in a statement. He said the universities will review their legal options.

Source: Jonathan J. Cooper for the Associated Press via The Argus Observer.

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