- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BOSTON (AP) - Boston University’s trustees have rejected a recommendation that the school divest from gun companies, a suggestion prompted in part by the Newtown, Connecticut, school massacre.

A nine-member trustees committee on socially responsible investing proposed the move in December. It said “a legislatively created balance between the Constitution’s Second Amendment’s rights and pragmatic, effective controls would help reduce the unacceptable level of social harm created by tragedies such as the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” and subsequent shootings.

The trustees’ executive committee rejected the proposal recently because members determined the “social harm” caused by gun makers is not “clearly unacceptable” and that the negative consequences of divesting could outweigh the effects.

Trustees reached by The Boston Globe (http://bit.ly/1Knyhhc ), as well as university public relations staff, had no comment.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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