Safety Not the Only Concern in Guns On Campus Bill - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Safety Not the Only Concern in Guns On Campus Bill

MOSCOW, Idaho - On Friday a senate committee in the Idaho Legislature will debate a bill to allow guns to be carried on university campuses. Safety concerns have made this a controversial topic on campuses but if the bill passes there could be other consequences.

"I believe students ought to have the option to decide if they want to take responsibility for their own safety," said Al Baker, co-author of proposed bill.

Al Baker is a law student at the University of Idaho and co-author of the bill. He says this is more than just students' ability to protect themselves, it's also in respect to our state constitution.

"They should have that same ability to do that they do off campus that they do at all other unsecure locations. There's no reason that when they cross an arbitrary boundary that should end," said Baker.

However state universities argue they know their students better than anyone else and are better judges on what constitutes as a safer environment.

"We need to continue to be given the flexibility and the authority to create the kind of safe environment," said Marty Peterson, University of Idaho.

If the bill passes anyone can carry a gun anywhere on campus with the exception of undergraduate housing. This includes sporting events and other activities. Universities in Idaho say aside from safety concerns money could also be lost. If students are allowed to openly carry guns on campus the NCAA could potentially not allow them to host tournaments and entertainers might not perform concerts. Potentially losing revenue from ticket sales.

"But it's almost disgusting in a way that we're willing to sit here and say well if we're going to lose concerts or we're going to lose a sporting event, that somehow trumps our basic right to self defense so I think it's a misplace value in priority," said Baker.

The NCAA hasn't given the universities a definitive answer yet on their policies involving guns openly carried at their events, so in the meantime the schools will continue to fight this bill.

"This is one that actually has public safety attached to it could well be a life or death situation," said Peterson.

Mike Perry contributed to this report

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 22-year-old Sandpoint man dies in Clayton 395 crash

    22-year-old Sandpoint man dies in Clayton 395 crash

    Saturday, July 21 2018 1:58 AM EDT2018-07-21 05:58:53 GMT

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrols responded to a fatal crash in Stevens County Friday evening. On SR-395 in Clayton near Mile Post 185, a vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head on with another car, killing the driver. The causing driver who was transported to the hospital is in custody for vehicular homicide. There were no other occupants of either vehicle. 

    >>

    STEVENS COUNTY, Wash. - Washington State Patrols responded to a fatal crash in Stevens County Friday evening. On SR-395 in Clayton near Mile Post 185, a vehicle crossed the center line and crashed head on with another car, killing the driver. The causing driver who was transported to the hospital is in custody for vehicular homicide. There were no other occupants of either vehicle. 

    >>
  • Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Amazon.com to bring more than 1,500 jobs to Spokane

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:37 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:37:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Seattle-based Amazon.com is opening a fulfillment center in Spokane, promising more than 1,500 full-time jobs.    The company announced on Friday that it was opening its first fulfillment center in eastern Washington.    The 600,000-square foot center will be built near the Spokane International Airport.

    >>
  • Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Court docs: Kootenai Behavioral Health therapist charged with rape, abuse of underage patient

    Saturday, July 21 2018 1:02 AM EDT2018-07-21 05:02:56 GMT

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>

    COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A therapist at Kootenai Behavior Health is accused of having sex with an underage patient "hundreds of times" according to court documents. He's been charged with rape and sexual abuse, and is currently on administrative leave from the hospital during the investigation.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/