March 6, the Idaho House passed SB 1254, the so-called guns-on-campus bill—on a 50-19 vote, sending the bill to Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter for his signature, which would make it law. At about 10 a.m. March 7, a group of Boise State University students and faculty delivered petition letters to the Governor's Office, urging him to veto the bill.
The delivery included 752 student letters, petitions with nearly 3,000 signatures and more letters from 126 Idaho university faculty members opposing the bill, which would allow retired police officers and holders of enhanced concealed carry gun permits to carry their weapons on select parts of the campuses of Idaho's public colleges and universities.
Opposition to the bill has come from many stakeholders, including each president of Idaho's public universities, police chiefs, students and faculty. In the next issue of Boise Weekly, readers will learn how the bill, if signed into law, would affect Idaho's campuses.