In 2011, the Idaho Legislature was wrapped in fierce debate over whether to allow concealed guns on the campuses of Idaho's public universities. The Idaho House passed a measure that would have prevented the universities from imposing their own bans, but the Idaho Senate stalled the so-called "guns on campus" measure after hearing Senate Majority Leader Republican Bart Davis say the following:
My 23-year-old son was shot eight years ago last week by a concealed weapon permit holder. Both BSU students. Off campus, at a college environment. ... This is not an intellectual exercise for me and my family.
Meanwhile, the Rexburg Standard Journal reports that administrators at Brigham Young University-Idaho are standing by their policy to ban guns from campus, even if a student has a concealed weapons permit.
Garth Gunderson, director of BYU-Idaho security and safety, told the Journal that the purpose of the policy at the private university is "to control and monitor the presence and accessibility of lethal weapons."