BOISE – A new law allowing concealed guns on Idaho college campuses takes effect July first.
Gov. Butch Otter signed the bill into law Wednesday after it won overwhelming support from the Idaho Legislature.
Now public colleges and universities throughout the state are trying to figure out what they need to do to be prepared for when the law goes into effect.
All the presidents of Idaho universities were against allowing enhanced concealed weapons holders on their campus, but Senate Bill 1254 became law anyway.
Now those same leaders are tasked with figuring out how to make it work.
Even though before this bill passed, guns were not allowed at large events on campus. The law requires universities to increase security measures at those buildings.
"That may include additional training and equipping of our campus security officers, as well as additional security measures at our public venues that seat over 1,000 attendees," said Adrienne King, director of marketing and communications for Idaho State University.
The new law is creating some security issues for ISU’s Meridian campus, which is attached to Renaissance High School.
ISU and the Meridian School District will work together closely to make sure there are no problems.
"We just have to figure out what the best fit is, and what we need to do in terms of security to make sure that we continue to have one of the safest college campuses in the country," said King.
The University of Idaho is in a similar position.
"At this point, the University of Idaho is working with our Board of Regents for any type of direction or guideline implementations," said Gemma Gaudette, regional communication officer for the University of Idaho.
Part of that will be reaching out to other institutions out of state where similar laws have passed.
"What it comes down to for the University of Idaho, is making sure that we continue to provide a great environment when it comes to living and learning, as well as teaching," said Gaudette.
Boise State faculty and staff received a letter from BSU President Bob Kustra today saying there are a number of issues that need to be resolved regarding implementation of the law. He says the university will work with the State Board of Education and other institutions to provide a safe environment for everyone.