Bob Kustra, President Boise State University
- An 'Open Carry' Law: This bill permits those with certain
permits to carry concealed weapons on campus except in residence halls and in
public entertainment facilities with seating capacity of 1000 or more.
Naturally, folks are focusing on this being about concealed weapons being
allowed on campus. But under Idaho law, anyone with a concealed carry permit
can also openly carry a weapon.
So that means this bill would allow students and others to strap weapons openly on their hips or across their shoulders as they stroll across campus or enter their classrooms. Ironically, while they would be prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon into Bronco Stadium or the Morrison Center, we could not prohibit anyone with a permit from openly carrying their weapons into either of those venues or into Taco Bell Arena.
We have no idea how much this will affect booking entertainment and athletic events into Taco Bell Arena or conferences into the Student Union Building, but staff warns that it will surely have a chilling effect on these opportunities and revenues based on weapon-ban requirements by these groups in past booking contracts.