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SB 1254 Not About Campus Safety

Let me start with two predictions. First, Senate Bill 1254 — the so-called “guns on campus” bill that is now awaiting a vote by the full Idaho House — will pass and become law. Second, someone will try to open carry a gun into Bronco Stadium this fall to test the limits of SB 1254. Despite the stated intent, I don’t believe this is a bill designed to improve safety on Idaho’s public college campuses, places where I spend a fair amount of time and places that host most of the best-attended sporting events in the state. No, this bill, sponsored by Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, and passed through the Senate earlier in the legislative session, is designed to protect a right that guns rights’ absolutists believe is being infringed on college campuses — the right to keep and bear arms as protected by the Second Amendment/Brian Murphy, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Murphy's premise that the Campus Carry bill has more to do with “guns rights' absolutists” being able to pack their weapons onto college campus than actual safety on the campuses?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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