Student leaders expected to meet with Gov. Butch Otter Monday morning to urge him to veto Senate Bill 1254, which would allow students 21 and older who complete enhanced training to carry firearms on Idaho’s eight publicly funded college campuses. The bill is opposed by all eight college president and the State Board of Education.
Instead, they met with Otter’s staff. Among the students on hand were Boise State University student President Bryan Vlok, BSU student Vice President Cassie Sullivan, College of Western Idaho student Vice President Megan Greco and Ashley Morehouse, a lobbyist for University of Idaho students. They also carried statements opposing the bill from Lewis Clark State College Sam Carlson and NIC student President Benaiah Cheevers.
The student leaders have gathered about 4,000 signatures and letters of opposition to the bill, which passed the House 50-19 on Thursday. Earlier, the Senate approved the bill 25-10. Only a veto from Otter will keep the measure from becoming law on July 1.
A news release from student leaders follows:
Student Leaders Meet with Governor, Announce Campaign Numbers
BOISE – Student leaders from Idaho colleges and universities will meet with Governor Otter this morning to express their opposition to the Guns on Campus bill.
The campaign they conducted in opposition to the Guns on Campus bill garnered national press and resulted in 752 hand-signed letters from students, 2,976 petition signatures, 126 letters from faculty and an additional 1059 letters delivered by fax this weekend. Students also hosted a rally in opposition to the bill with 250-300 attendees.
Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Idaho Chapter, also delivered 110 signatures to Governor Otter in opposition.
Student leaders also estimate thousands of Idahoans have called the Governor’s office opposing the bill.