Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Boise Police Chief Not a Fan of Guns on Campuses

Posted By on Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 4:01 PM

The Idaho Senate State Affairs Committee is set to pick up the hot topic of guns on college campuses early Wednesday morning when it gavels into session. The committee has even shifted its 8 a.m. meeting to the Lincoln Auditorium in anticipation of what's expected to be a lot of public testimony.

In particular, Committee Chairman Sen. Curt McKenzie is steering a bill that would allow people with enhanced concealed weapon permits to carry guns on Idaho campuses.

Boise State University President Bob Kustra, in a Feb. 4 letter to his students, staff and faculty, wrote that "weapons on campus may, in fact, lead to an acceleration of conflict in stressful situations." Additionally, the Associated Students of Boise State University, the official student government association, passed its own resolution in opposition to McKenzie's bill.

And while other media are reporting that Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson is reserving his comments for legislators, a March 2011 Boise Weekly interview with the chief revealed that, unless he's changed his mind, he's not a fan of guns on campus.

"I think it's a bad idea," Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson told BW in 2011. "Police chiefs and the Sheriffs' Association are in agreement that our gun laws are pretty good and we have adequate Second Amendment freedoms."

Masterson told BW that the facts don't support the argument that more armed citizens leads to greater crime prevention.

"I've only seen two instances in my seven years as chief where people have drawn a gun to prevent a crime," said Masterson. "And in one of those instances a do-gooder pulled a gun on a suspect. But a second citizen, not knowing what the situation was, pulled a gun on the do-gooder."

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