A bill in Idaho that would allow certain individuals to carry concealed firearms onto public college and university property, including inside classrooms was signed into law by Governor C.L. Butch Otter.

“As elected officials, we have a sworn responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States—not only when doing so is easy, convenient or without cost, but especially when it is not,” Otter wrote in a statement upon signing the bill. “This legislation challenges us to fulfill that charge, and we will.”

Otter went on to explain that although courts over the years have placed limits on one’s right to keep and bear arms for self-defense, public campuses are not a place where those limitations should factor in.

“The Constitution limits neither the reach nor the protection afforded to lawful carriers of firearms by the Second Amendment,” Otter wrote. “Court precedent has empowered and circumstances have compelled government entities to carve out specific exceptions. This is not the circumstance to carve out another.“

Senate Bill 1254, also known as Safer Environment for College and University Residents and Employees (SECURE), was introduced by Sen. Curt McKenzie.

“The people have the right to keep and bear arms, which is a fundamental right we put in our Constitution,” McKenzie said back in January when the law was being debated.

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