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CSI Speaks Out About Guns On College Campuses
Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KSVT-TV ) Students, staff and visitors will soon be cleared to bring concealed guns onto Idaho’s college and University campuses.
"The Governor is aware of all the court cases throughout the years that have come down to say there are places you can restrict the 2nd Amendment. He's aware like I am, it's not so much the 2nd Amendment it's about the policy. It's not to restrict college campuses,” said Rep. Maxine Bell.
The new law goes into effect on July 1, 2014
It allows retired law enforcement and concealed-carry permit holders to bring guns into classrooms and anywhere else on campus - except dorms and stadiums.
Opponents say it will strip policy-making power from universities, prevent recruitment efforts, and put those on campus at risk.
"We are concerned, I think a lot of our faculty, and staff are nervous. It is part perception and part reality. When a faculty member closes a door and alone with 25 students and some of them maybe armed and different subjects being discussed and grades and sometimes there can be challenges,” said Mike Mason, College of Southern Idaho.
Governor Otter wrote in a statement he backed the bill to protect second amendment rights.
He says Idaho will carefully monitor the situation to alleviate public safety concerns.
"It is a concern and adding weapons to that mix doesn't seem like a good idea to us,” said Mason.
Concern college presidents are working on to abide by the law.
The National Rifle Association backed this bill and led a strong grassroots campaign to pass it.