Idaho State University armed its public safety officers with semi-automatic pistols for the first time in history as a new low that allows the presence of concealed weapons on a college campus is in effect. 2 supervisors and 8 officers were armed.
Steve Chatterton, Idaho State University director of public safety, declared in a statement:
“Our objective is to maintain a safe and secure campus environment. We are increasing our officers’ capabilities to respond.”
The Republican-controlled state legislature passed the law this year and allows a retired law enforcement officer to carry a concealed weapon on university grounds with the exceptions of football stadiums, dormitories and some of the child-care centers.
Idaho is now the seventh US state that allows the presence of firearms on the college campuses. Recent school shootings led towards the new laws.
Boise State University is said to currently considering arming the employed security officers. This includes having 18 armed officers in the following 5 years.