Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Idaho Campus Carry Goes Into Effect, With Limitations

Idaho just became the seventh state to allow concealed carry on college campuses. Gun owners are already taking advantage. Since the law was signed two months ago, the number of Idahoans seeking an “enhanced” gun license that would allow them to carry on campus has gone up by more than 50%.

Unfortunately, that number would be much higher if the law didn’t come with a bunch of unnecessary restrictions.

The first problem is that to get the necessary permit you have to be 21 years old – which leaves out most college students. That sort of defeats the purpose of “campus carry”, doesn’t it?

The second problem is the total cost of getting the permit is more than $200, putting it out of the reach of college kids who are on a tight budget.

Finally, the law still bans guns in dormitories and large arenas. The reason for this isn’t exactly clear — isn’t it just as likely that you would have to defend yourself in a dormitory or at a theater as you would anywhere else?

Also, unless I’m missing something, where are you supposed to store your gun at night if you can’t bring it in the dorm?

Not surprisingly, those restrictions aren’t enough for some lefty college administrators. A few of them are now arming public safety officers in response to the “threat” of concealed carriers.

Apparently they think law abiding gun owners are worse than criminals.

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