Idaho House Legislators hear opposition to Guns on Campus Bill

BOISE, ID - In an attempt to halt the passage of the 'Guns on Campus' Bill, leaders from the Idaho Board of Education spoke out at the capitol Friday.

KLEW News takes you to Boise where the bill awaits passage from members of the House.

A bill that would allow retired police officers and people with enhanced permits to carry concealed weapons on campus is in the House of Representatives. And people for and against the bill are voicing their opinions.

"I'm here today opposing Senate Bill 1254," said Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson. "You also have a letter from the Idaho Chief's of Police opposing the bill as well."

"We're certainly not going to stand in the way of anybody that lawfully chooses to arm themselves that wants to fight and do anything they can to save their own life and protect someone else," said Idaho Fraternal Order of Police President Bryan Lovell.

Six members of the State Board of Education are speaking against the bill in hopes to stop it from becoming law. Secretary Rod Lewis said this bill as it stands now, faces unanimous opposition from all presidents of public universities, colleges and community colleges in the state of Idaho

"We want to communicate that we think if a bill is to be passed in this area that it be pursuant to collaboration with the colleges and universities," said Lewis.

The bill was okay-ed by the Senate State Affairs Committee last week. If the House okay's it, it'll be up to Governor Butch Otter to make the ultimate decision.

The House State Affairs Committee voted along party lines 11 to 3 to send it to the full House. We'll be keeping an eye on this issue and let you know if the House passes this and sends it to Governor Otter's desk.