Interest in Enhanced Carry Permits spikes among Boise State students with the new law in effect.
The law has commonly been called the Guns-On-Campus Bill, Senate bill 1254, and it was passed on July 1 of this year.
This new Idaho law removed restrictions on carrying weapons on college campuses. As long as you have certain permissions, you are allowed to carry in class. Many of the Boise State students have taken quite an interest in it.
One student, Tommy Montgomery, was quoted in The Arbiter, the Boise state Student Newspaper, saying:
“If we look back at the Virgina Tech shooting, [the shooter] locked the exits and no one could get out. If one person in there had a concealed weapons permit and was carrying, they could have stopped him and saved a lot of lives.”
With more school shootings occurring in the recent past, both at the elementary level and college level, this is one of the best ways to stop someone intent on doing harm to students. Even Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President and CEO of the National Rifle Association (NRA) chimed in:
“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
By allowing students to carry concealed weapons on campus, that makes for more good guys that could be around to stop a bad guy.
Take the Steps
In Idaho, the first step to obtaining your enhanced permit is to take a class. The requirements for getting your concealed carry permit include being 21 years old, having no felonies, being a citizen of the US and taking a firearms training class. This training can include the NRA certified courses, a hunters safety course or police training.
I think this is a very good step in the right direction. More states across the nation need to allow concealed carry of firearms on college and university campuses. Colleges need to loosen the restrictions of students being allowed to keep firearms for protection in their dorms, especially if they live off campus in an apartment.
Just because you go off to college does not mean you automatically should forfeit your right to protect yourself and possess a firearm. I went to a small local college and at times after a late class while walking to my car, I wished I could have something to protect myself with, but the school policies and state law prohibited that ability.
There are even elementary school districts around the country that are realizing this is the right step. Teachers in Missouri are taking classes to be able to carry concealed firearms in the classroom. In Texas, there is a school district that just recently posted signs indicating that teachers are armed. The Buckeye Firearms Association has their FASTER program, sponsoring classes to get teachers in Ohio with permission from the school board training in firearms so they can carry in the classroom.
This is a good solution and one that is needed throughout the nation.
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