BOISE -- Several hundred people gathered in the rain on the Statehouse steps Thursday afternoon to show their support and opposition to a Senate bill that would allow guns on college campuses.
All but about two dozen of the protesters were rallying against the proposed legislation.
Opponents of the bill say they want lawmakers to hear what they have to say.
The Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus feel that their voice isn't being heard. The coalition claims to represent student bodies across the state.
They're not the only ones speaking out. Every college and university president in Idaho opposes the bill, as well as faculty and police organizations.
One member of the coalition says the NRA and elections are some of the reasons lawmakers aren't listening.
"I believe the NRA is a contributing factor, a large contributing factor, and it's a powerful lobby force in the United States, and that can't be denied, but of course there's other factors that I'm sure lawmakers are taking into consideration, but it's definitely not the people's voices that it affects," said Cassie Sullivan, vice president of BSU Associated Students.
But the two dozen who were there in support of the bill say it's not about the NRA or elections, they say it's about their right to bear arms.
"A firearm in the hands of a law-abiding citizen is never going to be a problem for other innocent people. The problem happens when the evil man with the gun comes onto campus and causes problems," said Nick Ferronato, president of Young Americans for Liberty at Boise State University.
Opponents of the bill were gathering signatures from other Idahoans who share their opposition.
The plan is to deliver about 2,500 signatures to the House State Affairs Committee at their meeting Friday morning.