Lawmaker pushes bill that would allow guns on college campuses

Lawmaker pushes bill that would allow guns on college campuses

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - A state lawmaker plans to introduce legislation Monday that would allow guns at public colleges.

Two groups of people could legally carry firearms on campuses: retired police officers who were employed for at least 15 years and people who have enhanced carry licenses.

"When someone's leaving a class at night and going across a dark, empty parking lot, they should be able to protect themselves," said Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Republican from Nampa. "We should not take that ability away from them."
 
McKenzie said a normal concealed weapons permit would not be sufficient. The enhanced license requires applicants to be 21 or older and an Idaho resident. They also have to pass criminal and mental health background checks and complete a handgun course.
 
"What we try to do is to make a bill that is fairly restrictive on who can carry on campus but also gives people an opportunity to be able to protect themselves," McKenzie said.
 
If the bill passes, guns would not be allowed in dorms or in sporting facilities and other areas with large seating capacities.