Guns on Campus Could Threaten ISU’s Nuclear Research
POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Idaho State University could lose its license to conduct nuclear research from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses becomes law. The Idaho State Journal reports that Otter made the comments Friday to about 30 people attending a meeting with ISU’s College Republicans. Otter says ISU President Arthur Vailas told him Thursday that the commission has a zero-tolerance policy regarding weapons at licensed nuclear research facilities, putting the school’s nuclear research efforts at risk if the bill becomes law. Otter says he had never heard that before. A bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho’s college campuses passed the Senate 25-10 Tuesday. The House State Affairs Committee is scheduled to hold a hearing on the bill on Thursday. Under the current measure, only retired law enforcement and those with Idaho’s enhanced concealed carry permit — which requires an eight-hour training class and firing 98 rounds every five years — would be allowed to have a gun. The bill also bans firearms in dormitories and stadiums and carries harsher penalties for those who tote a gun while intoxicated or on drugs.