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A bill presented to the Idaho Legislature allowing concealed weapons on campuses has been met with objections with the common line reasoning, that allowing concealed weapons permit holders to carry guns on Idaho’s college campuses will make learning environments less safe.

However, law enforcement officials on campuses across Utah, where permit holders are legally allowed to carry, stated that’s just not the case.

Officials at several universities, including the University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Dixie State College and Utah State University told IdahoReporter.com that though carrying guns on campus has been legal for nearly a decade, they haven’t seen evidence that their schools are less safe.

“We haven’t had much problem with it,” said Steven Mecham, head of the Utah State University Department of Public Safety. “It’s just not been an issue.”

Reached via email, University of Utah spokeswoman Maria O’Mara told IdahoReporter.com, “We have had no incidents on campus regarding this law.”

Mecham said his agency only receives calls when a carrier’s shirt pulls up and other students or faculty see the weapon and call the authorities. When that happens, the police official said, officers will check the carrier’s permit to ensure the holder is carrying legally.

Read more at: http://www.idahoreporter.com/

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