Guns on campus could end nuke research at ISU

Guns on campus could end nuke research at ISU

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on February 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Updated Saturday, Feb 22 at 7:24 PM

POCATELLO -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter says Idaho State University could lose its license to conduct nuclear research from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses becomes law.

Otter says ISU President Arthur Vailas told him that the commission has a zero tolerance policy regarding weapons at licensed nuclear research facilities.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Otter made the comments Friday while meeting with ISU's College Republicans.

A bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho's college campuses passed the Senate 25-10 Tuesday and is headed for the House.

Otter declined to say Friday whether he would sign or veto the bill should it arrive on his desk.

Vailas says much of the school's research portfolio is in the nuclear energy field.

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