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Idaho Debates Concealed Weapons Carry on Campuses

Tuesday, 15 Mar 2011 12:00 PM

By John Lott

A local station in Idaho is covering renewed debate over gun control in the state. A bill is advancing in Idaho that would allow concealed weapons carry on campuses. Note how concealed carry used to be allowed in universities in Idaho.

Before the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Boise State's Executive Director of Campus Security (a former FBI agent) and a Boise Police Lieutenant testified against the bill.

"We believe that adding weapons to a university environment would serve as an accelerant for conflict and violence, not a deterrent," Boise State University's Frank Zang said . . .

Doctor Charlotte Twight, a professor of economics and an attorney, says campus would be less dangerous if some teachers, faculty, and students were armed . . .

In supporting the bill, Twight points to research by another economist, John Lott, showing decreased crime rates where carrying concealed weapons is allowed. She also says those who have permits have to go through training to get certified.
"Somebody with training is the last person that's going to ever pull a weapon or use a weapon inappropriately," Twight said . . . She added weapons used to be allowed at BSU.

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