This week's issue of Boise Weeklyexplores what would happen in the event that Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter signed SB 1254—the so-called guns-on-campus bill—into law. Yesterday, we reported that Otter did indeed sign the bill into law, and national media has begun to notice.
The flood of media attention began when Boise State University Professor Greg Hampikian wrote an op-ed in TheNew York Times, titled "When May I Shoot a Student?" This morning, hours after Otter signed the bill into law, NBC's morning program, the Today Show, aired a 3-minute segment exploring the subject further.
SB 1254 allows holders of enhanced concealed carry weapons permits and retired police officers to carry their weapons on Idaho's public college and university campuses. It was opposed by the State Board of Education and university officials, but supported by the Fraternal Order of Police and some students.