Otter Suprised to Learn Guns on Campus Bill Could Nullify Crucial Pact Between Idaho State, NRC


Opponents of the so-called "guns on campus" bill, which has already passed through the Idaho Senate and is expected to gain momentum when it comes before the Idaho House this coming week, may have some reason for optimism following a bit of a stunner that was revealed in Eastern Idaho Feb. 21.

This morning's Idaho State Journal reports that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter was surprised when Idaho State University President Arthur Vailas informed the governor that if Otter would sign any bill into law that allows more weapons onto Idaho's public universities and colleges, it might cost ISU its license from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to conduct nuclear research.

"I had never heard that before," Otter said Friday night while talking to a group of College Republicans on the ISU campus in Pocatello. "I think there's going to be some additional consideration given."

Otter also learned that ISU shares space on its Meridian campus with Renaissance High School, which Idaho law prohibits from having any firearms nearby.

But when asked directly if he would veto any guns on campus bill, Otter said he wouldn't "commit one way or the other."

During the Friday evening event, the State Journal reports that a loud pop from the public address system "sounded like a gunshot."

"Where's my security?" joked Otter.