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Idaho House Passes Bill To Allow Guns On Campus

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The Idaho House voted 41-28 to pass legislation that will allow firearms on public university and college campuses.

Republican state Rep. Erik Simpson's bill would prohibit the schools from banning firearms, either carried openly or by people with concealed weapons permits, anywhere on campus except in undergraduate residence halls. Guns would be allowed at athletic events. Idaho's public universities oppose the legislation.

Supporters argue campus gun violence, such as the 2007 mass shootings at Virginia Tech, show the best defense against a gunman is students who can shoot back. Simpson told lawmakers: "It is a basic human right to protect yourself."

But opponents fear the measure will only perpetuate campus violence.

Rep. Phylis King was among Democrats who debated against the bill, saying: "Ladies and Gentlemen, this is not the wild, wild West. This is academia in Idaho."

      
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