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Mon., Feb. 17, 2014, 8:55 a.m.

Muzzled Police Chief Speaks Out

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson has sent out a guest opinion, entitled, “Why a police leader feels compelled to take his message directly to the people,” urging Idaho citizens to contact their legislators about SB 1254, the bill to allow guns on Idaho's public college campuses, where they're now banned. Masterson says he and three other police chiefs were blocked from testifying at the committee hearing about the bill last week, and he feels they had valuable information lawmakers needed to hear before passing the bill/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: Did Sen. McKenzie inadvertently give Chief Masterson and other police chiefs a bigger audience by denying him the right to speak against McKenzie's guns-on-campus bill?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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