Weapons on University of Idaho Property
On March 12, 2014, The State of Idaho passed SB 1254 into law. The law permits qualified retired law enforcement officers and individuals who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed weapon license (authorized permit holder) to possess a concealed firearm on public colleges and university property; with the exception of carrying within student dormitories or residence halls and at public entertainment/sporting facilities with a seating capacity of greater than 1,000. The law takes effect July 1, 2014.
The following Q&A was developed to address questions about the Law and related policy, and to further clarify how the law and policy works for the UI Community.
For questions regarding weapons on University of Idaho property, contact the Office of Public Safety and Security at 885-2254; e-mail: email@example.com.
Questions on Concealed Carry for UI Students, Faculty & Staff
Q 1. Can I ask a person who is carrying (or suspected of carrying) a concealed weapon on University property if he or she is an authorized permit holder?
A - Anyone is permitted to ask, but the individual asked is not required to reply unless asked by a law enforcement officer in their official capacity and with sufficient cause.
Q 2. If I see someone carrying a weapon on University property, should I call the police?
A - Yes, the safest course of action is to call the Police Department by dialing 911. They will respond and make contact with an individual to determine if that person is an authorized permit holder and is carrying a weapon legitimately.
Q 3. What responsibility does an authorized permit holder have to keep his or her weapon absolutely concealed? Are they violating the terms of their permit if someone gets a glimpse of their weapon?
A - A person with a concealed carry permit must take reasonable measures to conceal the weapon. For example, if a person’s coat opens in the act of raising his or her arm to ask a question and a gun can be seen, it is not a violation. A person taking a gun out of concealment or otherwise displaying/brandishing it, would be violating Board of Regents and University policy.
Q 4. Can a student who legally possesses a concealed firearm be excluded from the classroom?
A - No. An authorized permit holder carrying a firearm is not a violation of University policy or Idaho Law.
Q 5. Can faculty ask students to report whether or not they are authorized permit holders?
A - Faculty may not, under any circumstances, require or otherwise coerce students into disclosing their concealed carry license status or pressure them to answer concealed carry queries.
Q 6. Can a supervisor request a list of employees who are authorized permit holders?
A - No. Permit holders are not required to disclose their status to anyone other than a law enforcement officer. This information is not a matter of public record.
Q 7. Are there certain University properties where, due to the nature of the work and/or workspace, an authorized permit holder would be prohibited from carrying a concealed weapon (e.g. lab with flammable chemicals, daycare centers, treatment facilities like the Counseling and Testing Center and the Student Health Center)?
A - No. There are no “carve outs” under the statute that apply to UI property, other than student dormitories and residence halls and at public entertainment/sporting facilities with a seating capacity of greater than 1,000.
Q 8. Are there any circumstances where a supervisor may tell authorized permit holders, they cannot bring a concealed weapon into the office?
A – No. There are no circumstances in which issuing this kind of directive would be permitted.
Q 9. Can authorized permit holders bring their gun to a concert, athletic event or performance?
A - Yes and No. If the facility (an arena, stadium, amphitheater, auditorium, theater or similar facility) has a seating capacity of at least 1,000 persons, then individuals with the permit may not bring a weapon into the facility. This provision of the law excludes authorized permit holders from carrying a firearm in the ASUI Kibbie Dome Complex, the Memorial Gym, and the Student Union Building (SUB). Authorized permit holders may carry a concealed firearm to all venues that have a seating capacity below 1,000.
Q 10. Are authorized permit holders allowed to store a weapon on University property?
A – Yes. The University of Idaho offers weapons storage service on the Moscow campus; this is the only authorized location for storing a firearm on University property (with the exception of ROTC). For more information about storing weapons contact the Office of Public Safety & Security, 208-885-2254.
Q 11. Are authorized permit holders allowed to store their weapons within a secure container that is located in a locked vehicle that is parked on University property?
A - No. Authorized permit holders are required by University policy to keep their weapons concealed, maintaining control of their weapon on or about their person. University policy prohibits storage of weapons in vehicles on University property.
Q 12. Can someone who holds a concealed weapon license or permit from another state legally carry on University property?
A – No. The only licenses or permits that are valid for concealed carry on University property are the Idaho Enhanced Concealed Weapons License under I.C. § 18-3302K and the Idaho Retired Law Enforcement Officer License under I.C. § 18-3302H. A person carrying a concealed weapon on campus with only another state’s license or permit would be in violation of University Policy.
Q 13. Does the new statute prohibit open carry of firearms on University property?
A - The law specifically allows the University to continue to prohibit open carry of firearms. Open carry of firearms on University property is a violation of the Board of Regents and University policy.
Q 14. Are authorized permit holders allowed to possess or store their weapons in married student housing?
A - No. Any building located on or within the campus area owned by the University to house persons residing on campus as students is considered a “student dormitory or residence hall” under the law, and possession or storage of weapons in married student housing is prohibited.
UI leadership remains very committed to maintaining a safe work and learning environment. We will not tolerate any threatening use of concealed carry firearms, or any other weapons. While authorized permit holders may have familiarity and be at ease carrying a loaded weapon, we ask that they be aware that many people are not familiar with handguns and are uncomfortable in their presence.