Guns on Campus Starts July 1st

Reported by: Deanne Coffin
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Updated: 6/30 9:04 pm
 I-S-U director of public safety Steve Chatterton says they are ready to go full force with the new guns on campus legislation. He says the officers go through the same training that any police officer has to go through, which includes use of force and firearms qualification annually... and four times a year they are out on the range to practice and they are also trained on when to shoot and when not to shoot.

"Our officers are well trained.  I think the campus community is familiar with the enhanced concealed weapons permit,” says Steve Chatterton, Director of Public Safety, Idaho State University.

ISU public safety patrol sergeant Dustin Willis says they have been armed since last week.

 "We have done a ton of training and done everything that I think we can, and I think we are about as ready as we can be,” says Dustin Willis, Patrol for ISU Public Safety.

Not everyone on campus feels secure with the new law, though.

"I don't like it.  I don't think they should be here,” says Cathie Millard.

"I am concerned that people are going to act upon with using their guns more often. and there is a place for guns, but I do not think it's on campus,” says Diane Mecham.

"It makes me kind of scared to go to school here now, but I think in the long run it's going to end up being a good idea,” says Jessica Gregory, student at ISU.

ISU faculty and staff say despite the controversy, they will comply with the new guns on campus law.

"We spent the last several months working towards putting the necessary safety measures in place to comply with that, beginning with the July 1st implementation,” says Adrienne King, Director of Marketing and Communications, ISU.

Again, Public Safety wants to remind everyone that you need an “Enhanced” concealed weapons permit to carry on campus, and there are still certain places that you cannot bring any weapon, and those areas will be posted.

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