Fairfax, VA – Governor Butch Otter has signed into law Senate Bill 1254, a bill aimed at improving safety on state college and university campuses. The National Rifle Association backed this bill and led a strong grassroots campaign to pass it.
“This legislation is a vital step toward protecting students and faculty on campus,” noted Chris W. Cox, executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action. “Sadly, we are reminded by headlines that our college campuses are often targeted by soulless and deranged criminals seeking to inflict carnage on as many innocent victims as they can. When these incidents occur, it is vital that our campuses have instant responders. The NRA strongly believes that campus safety will be improved by allowing retired law enforcement personnel and law-abiding people with enhanced carry permits to have their firearms while on university property. On behalf of the NRA’s 5 million members, I want to thank Gov. Butch Otter for his support on this issue. We are also grateful to the Sen. McKenzie and theIdaho lawmakers who showed their commitment to self-defense laws by supporting this bill,” concluded Cox.
Senate Bill 1254 seeks to achieve a Safer Environment for College and University Residents and Employees (S.E.C.U.R.E.) by permitting qualified retired law enforcement officers and law-abiding adults who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed carry license to possess a firearm on public college and university campuses. Firearms will not be allowed in student dormitories and public entertainment and sporting facilities.
Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen’s group. More than five million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation’s leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services. Be sure to follow the NRA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalRifleAssociation and on Twitter @NRA.