Firearms on U of I Property
On March 12, 2014, The State of Idaho passed SB 1254 into law. This law permits qualified retired law enforcement officers and individuals who have obtained an Idaho “enhanced” concealed weapon license (authorized license holder) to possess a concealed firearm on public college 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 took effect July 1, 2014.
Suggested Syllabus Language Addressing Concealed Carry of Firearms
The Office of General Counsel suggests the following language which faculty may use in a syllabus to address the new law:
The University of Idaho bans firearms from its property with only limited exceptions. One exception applies to persons who hold a valid Idaho enhanced concealed carry license, provided those firearms remain concealed at all times. If an enhanced concealed carry license holder’s firearm is displayed, other than in necessary self-defense, it is a violation of university policy. Please contact local law enforcement (call 911) to report firearms on university property.
University of Idaho leadership remains committed to maintaining a safe work, living and learning environment on campus. We will not tolerate any threatening use of firearms or any other weapons. While authorized license holders may have familiarity and be at ease carrying a loaded firearm, we ask that they be aware that many people are not familiar with handguns and are uncomfortable in their presence.
Questions on Concealed Carry of a Firearm on Campus
Yes, the safest course of action is to call the Police Department by dialing 911. They will respond and make contact with the individual to determine if that person is an authorized license holder and is legitimately carrying a firearm.
No. An authorized license holder carrying a firearm is not violating university policy or Idaho Law.
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 firearm on campus with only another state’s license or permit would be in violation of university policy.
Yes. The law specifically allows the university to continue to prohibit open carry of firearms on university property. Open carry of firearms on university property is a violation of the Board of Regents and university policy.