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Mon., Feb. 24, 2014, 4:44 p.m.

Vick, Nonini Defend ‘Campus Carry’

Following is a statement issued by state Sens. Steve Vick, R-Dalton Gardens, and Bob Nonini, R-Coeur d'Alene (pictured), to the Coeur d'Alene Press: "Senate Bill 1254 “Campus Carry” is right for the State of Idaho and our college campuses. We would not support the bill if we believed it would endanger our students, faculty or staff. When opponents say there should be local control, we want you to remember real local control belongs with law abiding citizens, not elected college trustees. We want to point out the bill extends the allowance of concealed weapons on campus only to retired police officers, who have had extensive training, and to those who hold an enhanced concealed weapons permit. With the enhanced permit the person must be at least 21years old, be fingerprinted, have a records check for criminal and a mental health records and extensive training that includes live fire training. More here.

Question: Another reason to vote for Nonini's challenger, Pat Whalen? Thoughts?

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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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