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State Board of Ed updates safety policies to reflect new guns-on-campus law

Idaho’s State Board of Education, meeting in Idaho Falls yesterday, today approved an amendment to its policy on campus safety for the state’s four-year colleges and universities to comply with the new law passed this year authorizing those with enhanced concealed carry permits to carry guns on public campuses. “The updated policy makes it clear that firearms are allowed on campus only as described in section 18-3309(2), Idaho Code, or as allowed by the institution as part of an event or program approved by the institution president,” the state board said in a news release; you can see the full policy here.

State board President Emma Atchley said, “Our public universities and college are extraordinarily safe environments, and the Board is committed to ensuring that remains the case. The institutions will continue to work with security experts and local law enforcement to develop comprehensive plans to ensure the safety of students and others who use and visit our public college and university campuses.”

Each school is updating its security plan, and the college presidents will report to the board on their plans at its August meeting in Pocatello.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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