Idaho Lawmakers Pass Campus Carry Bill!
Idaho’s lawmakers have laid the path for the state to become the seventh state which allows the carry of firearms onto college campuses.
Yesterday, the state House passed the bill 50-19. This follows a similarly overwhemling vote in the state Senate.
The governor, C.L. “Butch” Otter, is expected to sign the bill into law.
According to The Chicago Tribune,
Under the legislation, those who gain a so-called enhanced concealed-carry permit in Idaho can carry firearms on campus except in such places as residence halls and public entertainment facilities like football stadiums.
Anyone who passes an eight-hour gun training course provided by a National Rifle Association instructor would be eligible to apply for the permit.
The bill ignited controversy in the weeks leading to its approval by the legislature, where Republicans outnumber Democrats by 4-1.
Presidents and faculty of Idaho’s leading universities strongly opposed the measure, as did the police chief in Boise, Idaho’s capital city and home to Boise State University.
But Republican lawmakers sponsoring the legislation and the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association supporting it argued that it would enhance campus safety and bolster gun rights spelled out in the U.S. constitution.
This is a big step in the right direction and will hopefully pave the way for other states to adopt campus carry measures.
Anti-gun advocates like to play to emotions when arguing against bills such as this. They make it seem like any teenage student on campus will now be able to carry guns with impunity onto campus. However, as you can see from the info above, only the most responsible college students will likely take the steps needed to carry on campus.