CWI forms task force to assess guns on campus law

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- It's a teachable moment at the College of Western Idaho and other public colleges and universities around the state.

The lesson to be learned is how to prepare for the implementation of the guns on campus law which becomes effective July 1.

For example, CWI is already having talks with the company that provides campus security.

"The contractors have kind of already notified us and said if it is now legal to carry guns on campus we would need to renegotiate our contract with you," said CWI president Bert Glandon. "They're not going to put unarmed security officers on campus if there are arms on campus."

CWI has a handbook for all sorts of emergency situations, but starting July 1, it's going to have to rewrite the book.

And CWI is in the process of forming a task force to assess all the implications of the new law.

"There's an array of things we have to do," Glandon said.

The law allows retired police officers and people with enhanced permits to carry concealed weapons on public college and university campuses, with some restrictions -- not in dorms or venues that seat a thousand.

We found some CWI students who are leery about the coming of concealed weapons.

"Even if they have a license and are trained, it's still dangerous and intimidating," said Debra Scott.

"Because you got a lot of nut cases that still get the permits," said Joe Neilson. " They'll go off on anything and if they're legally carrying a gun, there's too much damage they can do."

But CWI teacher Rhonda Cramer likes the new law.

"My attitude is there might be more safety on campus if somebody comes onto campus and doesn't know if somebody's armed or not, that uncertainty may deter a potential criminal," she said.