Otter signs bill that would allow guns on college campuses

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Governor Butch Otter has signed into law a controversial bill that would allow certain people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

The bill allows retired law enforcement officers and people with Idaho's enhanced concealed weapon license to carry a gun in certain areas.

Hearings on the bill brought passionate debate between 2nd Amendment advocates, law enforcement, students, and university presidents.

In a statement released by Governor Otter after he signed the bill, he says in part:

"It should be noted that to similarly meet the responsibilities of public safety, to mitigate potential unintended consequences and to assuage the significant and heartfelt concerns expressed by many during this debate, the State of Idaho and the Legislature in particular must appropriately and carefully monitor, oversee and manage those difficulties and costs."

The new law does forbid concealed weapons in the campus dormitories and sporting events with more than 1000 people in attendance.

The law goes into effect July 1 of this year.

Click here to read Governor Otter's full statement regarding the signing of the bill.