A psychology professor at BSU urged the Senate State Affairs Committee to pass a bill permitting firearms on campuses after describing her fear of a former student who had threatened her. Kimberly McAdams said the only way she could protect herself and her students if the man came into her class with a gun was to be armed herself.
The committee also heard testimony from opponents. Don Burnett, interim president of the University of Idaho, cited "grave concern" about people toting loaded guns around campus.
Under Sen. Curt McKenzie's bill, retired law enforcement and those with Idaho's enhanced concealed carry permit can bring a firearm anywhere on campus except dormitories and facilities seating more than 1,000 people, such as stadiums.
The committee will vote on the bill Wednesday morning.