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Idaho house committee poised to vote on guns on campus

By Associated Press
Published On: Feb 28 2014 09:14:26 AM MST
GUNS ON CAMPUS
BOISE, Idaho -

People are crowded into the Idaho Statehouse's Lincoln Auditorium, waiting to testify before the House State Affairs Committee about a bill that would allow students, staff and others to carry guns on college campuses.
    
Presidents of all eight public universities and multiple police chiefs oppose the bill, and more than 200 people protested against it on the Capitol steps Thursday.
    
Republican Sen. Curt McKenzie of Nampa, who is the bill's sponsor, said Friday morning that he was surprised by the extent of the opposition.
    
He said he addressed all the concerns from universities and colleges that sank a previous version of the bill in 2011.
    
McKenzie's bill passed the Senate 25-10 earlier this month.
    
The committee is poised to vote whether to send it forward to the House floor for debate.