Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UPDATE: House Votes to Approve Concealed Weapons on Campus

Posted By on Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 2:13 PM

UPDATE: Twelve Republican legislators crossed the aisle to join 13 Democrats in a losing effort to stop a bill that would ban concealed weapons on the campuses of Boise State, the University of Idaho, Idaho State, Lewis-Clark State College and the College of Southern Idaho.
The final House vote was 41-28 in favor of the measure.

Republicans voting against the bill included: Representatives Linda Bateman, Maxine Bell, Carlos Bilbao, Max Black, Sharon Block, Marge Chadderdon, George Eskridge, Dennis Lake, Janice McGeachin, Dell Raybould, Leon Smith, John Stevenson, Jeff Thompson, Tom Trail and Richard Wills.
One Democrat voted for the measure: Rep. Grant Burgoyne of Boise.

Following an hour-and-a-half of arguments, the Idaho House passed a measure this morning that prevents Idaho's universities from banning guns on campus other than in undergrad residence halls.

"I want to live in a country and in a state where citizens are armed," said Republican Rep. Ken Roberts.

"I've heard from way too many students and professors from the University of Idaho that are asking me to oppose this bill," said Democratic Rep. Shirley Ringo.

The measure now heads to to the Senate for consideration.

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