Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tribune: U of I Guns-on-Campus Forum Attracts Few

Posted By on Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Given the amount of debate last spring when university officials from across Idaho pushed back against the Idaho Legislature's proposal to allow concealed weapons on the campuses of the Gem State's public colleges and universities, relatively few attendees showed up Wednesday at a guns-on-campus forum at the University of Idaho.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that attendance was sparse at the forum, which was part of the U of I's Campus Safety Week, and sponsored by the university's public security and safety department. 

The heads of all eight of the state's public universities and colleges opposed Senate Bill 1254 (now law) that allows people with Idaho's enhanced concealed carry permit to bring guns onto campuses. At the time, university presidents argued that the measure would strip authority from universities and put more students, staff and administration at risk.

It is U of I policy that faculty "may not, under any circumstance, require or otherwise coerce students into disclosing their concealed carry license status or pressure them to answer questions about concealed carry." Additionally, "license holders are not required to disclose their status to anyone other than law enforcement."

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