Tuesday, February 11, 2014

UPDATE: NIC Student Apprehended With Gun on Campus

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

UPDATE: Feb. 11, 2014

34-year-old Michael Dan was charged with carrying a concealed weapon without a permit following a Feb. 10 incident on the campus of North Idaho College.

Dan was arrested and transported to the Kootenai County Jail, where he was also charged with possession of methamphetamine which was discovered when police searched him. Officers said they believed Dan was under the influence at the time of his arrest.

Dan posted $600 bail for both misdemeanor offenses and was released.

ORIGINAL POST: Feb. 10, 2014

A North Idaho College student is in police custody after being apprehended with a concealed weapon against campus policy, The Spokesman Review reports.

The morning of Feb. 10, between 8:45 and 9:15 a.m., campus security at NIC investigated a violation of the college's weapons policy after a student told another that he was in possession of a concealed weapon. Campus security then confronted the student in the Hedlund Building, where they confirmed that the student was indeed in possession of a firearm.

According to a statement released by the NIC administration to faculty, staff and students, "At no time did the student display threatening behavior or verbalize a threat to the college, employees, or students."

He was apprehended without incident.

Other classrooms were locked down as a precautionary measure.

The incident comes at a time when legislators and the public are debating allowing guns on campuses. A hearing on Senate Bill 1254, introduced by Nampa GOP State Sen. Curt McKenzie, which would allow certain gun permit holders to possess weapons on the campuses of Idaho's institutions of higher learning, has garnered criticism from university presidents and Governor C.L. "Butch" Otter.

A hearing on the bill is set for 8 a.m. at the Idaho Capitol Building Wednesday, Feb. 12. 

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