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ISU instructor shoots self in foot, when concealed gun accidentally fires in classroom

An Idaho State University instructor was shot in the foot yesterday after a concealed, loaded handgun he was carrying accidentally discharged in a classroom around 4 p.m., the Idaho State Journal reports. The wounded instructor had an enhanced concealed carry permit, the type of permit required to carry a concealed weapon on an Idaho public college campus under a controversial new law passed by the Legislature this year. “It was in his pocket,” Pocatello Police Department Lt. Paul Manning told the newspaper.

After the shooting in the Physical Science Complex on the ISU campus, the chemistry instructor was treated and released from Portneuf Medical Center. ISU President Arthur Vailas called the shooting “unfortunate,” and said, “I’m sure the incident was scary and embarrassing.” He added, “When they passed this law it was bound to happen.” Other people were present when the gun discharged; discharging a firearm within city limits is a misdemeanor, but police said they are still investigating the incident. The State Journal’s full report is online here.


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

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