Lawmakers Resurrect Bill To Allow Guns On Idaho University Campuses

Jan 24, 2014

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Gun-rights advocates are resurrecting a measure aiming to allow concealed weapons on Idaho university campuses.

A bill is up for consideration Monday in the Senate State Affairs Committee.

In 2011, that panel's members dumped a House-passed measure, arguing decisions should be left up to university leaders.

This year, one of the proponents, Republican Rep. Judy Boyle of Midvale, has been working with key lawmakers including Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis to address objections.

According to the proposal now, students could carry a concealed weapon — provided they complete rigorous firearms training included in a law from the 2013 Legislature.

Boyle said Friday she's optimistic these changes are sufficient to win additional support.

Guns are prohibited on most American university campuses.

However, Utah, Idaho's southerly neighbor, allows them, as does Colorado.