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BOISE, Idaho-- Lawmakers who have revived a push to allow firearms on Idaho's college campuses may have engaged in a game of ready, fire, aim by not clearing it with the governor first.

Here's why: The governor's opposition three years ago helped torpedo a nearly identical bill.

Sen. Curt McKenzie, a Nampa Republican, introduced legislation in 2008 designed to curtail attempts by cities and counties to regulate guns in public places. It included a provision to strip college presidents of the authority to ban concealed weapons, but that was scrapped under pressure from school administrators and Gov. C.L. Butch Otter.

McKenzie says the governor had concerns then, and he believes Otter has concerns now as lawmakers take up legislation to prohibit universities from banning firearms everywhere on campus except in undergraduate dorms.

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