Guns on campus law quietly goes into effect

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- After months of hearings and heated debate, the controversial day arrived without much fuss.

Retired police officers and people with enhanced permits can now carry concealed weapons on state-owned colleges and universities in Idaho such as Boise State.

The so-called guns on campus law took effect today (Tuesday).

Presidents of those schools opposed the new law but we found students who welcomed it.

"I think it's a great thing," said Travis Oliver, a BSU student. "There's a reason why we don't have as many school shootings in Idaho. Everybody has guns and they're able to protect themselves."

Concealed weapons will not be allowed in places seating a thousand or more or in dormitories.

The new guns on campus law arrived at the Boise State campus with little fanfare. Students said it was pretty much business as usual although some said there was a different feeling about things.

"Just knowing about it I guess you feel a little nervous, at least I do," said BSU student Kathy Keys. "I never had to be confronted with something like that. It's just different."

BSU officials reported no incidents but questions remain about how the new law might change the way security is handled on public college campuses in the months ahead.