“It’s a broad infringement on constitutional rights,” Dakota Moore, National Rifle Association lobbyist, told the Senate State Affairs Committee this morning, of the state’s current policy of allowing public colleges and university to regulate guns on campus; all ban them. He contended that Idaho’s colleges and universities misinterpret current law. “It’s currently legal for you to possess a firearm on a college or university campus – the most a college or university can do is ask you to leave and potentially prosecute you under the criminal trespass standard,” Moore said.
He said the idea that a “beer culture” and immaturity among young people on college campuses makes the addition of firearms unwise “a very offensive characterization.” Said Moore, “It doesn’t make it any less safe, based on the statistical numbers.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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