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UI Looking at How to Deal with New Gun Law

Benito Baeza

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A task force at the University of Idaho is trying to determine exactly what a new law allowing concealed weapons on campus means for students and staffers.

UI President Chuck Staben established the 14-member group last month, around the time Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter signed into law a measure allowing retired law enforcement officers and people with concealed-carry permits to bring firearms onto public college and university campuses. Executive director for UI Public Safety and Security Matt Dorschel tells the Lewiston Tribune that the task force is still gathering information and getting questions from students, administrators and local residents.

Members are working to create a new campus policy in line with the law. Some of the questions include whether a faculty member can ask their students to say if they are carrying a concealed weapon, and what will happen in areas like the university’s child care center, Student Health Services and the Counseling and Testing Center. The law bans guns in dormitories, concert halls and stadiums holding more than 1,000 people. Dorschel says so far, it appears there are about three on-campus facilities that can hold more than 1,000 people.

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