Butch Otter Signs Guns-on-Campus Bill Into Law

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Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed SB 1254—the so-called guns-on-campus bill—into law this afternoon, the Spokesman-Review reports

"As elected officials, we have a sworn responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States—not only when doing so is easy, convenient or without cost, but especially when it is not," Otter wrote in a statement upon signing the bill.

The law allows Idaho's 1,128 holders of enhanced conceal carry permits, as well as retired police officers, to carry guns onto the campuses of Idaho's public colleges and universities. 

In this week's edition of Boise Weekly, we unpack how the bill, now that it's signed into law, will affect Idaho's campuses.

As the bill passed through the Idaho Legislature, it was sternly opposed by stakeholders, including every college and university president, their staffs and legal counsel, and police chiefs charged with security at University of Idaho, Boise State University and Idaho State University, as well as others. It was also opposed by student leaders, faculty and staff, though it was supported by the Fraternal Order of Police and some county sheriffs.