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Students at Utah's public universities and colleges can request to have a roommate who doesn't carry a concealed weapon under a bill that passed late Wednesday.

The bill, which the governor is expected to sign, represents a compromise between gun-rights legislators and the schools. The University of Utah vowed to drop a pending federal lawsuit over gun control on campus with the bill's passage.

Gun-rights advocates originally argued the bill is an attack on the Second Amendment when it held the provision that faculty could ban guns from their offices. However, with the removal of that provision, gun-rights advocates heralded the bill as a good compromise.

- Sheena McFarland