Local Idahoans Weigh In On Current Gun Controversy
Twin Falls, Idaho (KMVT-TV) Right now there are 320 million Americans. Incidents like last week's theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado are relatively rare, but they've happened occasionally in the last 100 years. That's a far cry from most people, who are usually very responsible with their guns.
Rep. Steve Hartgen, (R) Idaho, says, "Idaho's Constitution is very clear, you have a right to carry a concealed weapon. And the state may regulate unconcealed or open weapons, such as in courthouses, schools, similar places."
Hartgen doesn't think there will be a big push in Idaho to change either laws or the state constitution. The College of Southern Idaho doesn't allow anyone except law enforcement members or security personnel to carry guns.
CSI Student Body President Jeremy Bridges says, "Since no guns are allowed, the security we have on campus knows to take that person out or make sure they're apprehended and taken care of so we don't have to worry about any gun violence on campus."
While there have been a few incidents with guns on the CSI campus over the years, the Twin Falls City Police or the Twin Falls County Sheriff's Office has responded immediately, and those incidents haven't escalated into anything serious.
Graydon Stanley, CSI Dean of Students, says, "So suddenly in your classroom or on campus if somebody has a gun, our assumption would be it's probably a bad guy. If everybody was allowed it, it would be hard to figure out who are the good guys and who are the bad guys that way."
Stanley says the people who work at the College of Southern Idaho are all very comfortable with the current policy of "no guns allowed on campus."
July 25, 2012.