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BOISE -- Colleges and universities around the state are gearing up for a big change in just three weeks.

The guns on campus law will go into effect on July 1.

The law passed this spring, which means that retired officers and those with an enhanced carry permit can carry guns on some parts of campus.

It's a change some say will cost millions, others say it won't change much at all.

I don't think you'll notice a whole lot as you walk around on campus, said Greg Hahn, Associate Vice President of Communications and Marketing at Boise State University.

However, at BSU you will see more officers. They're planning to nearly double their campus security and eventually they'll be armed as well.

We are going to start down the road of trying to arm our security forces. A lot of universities have, we just haven't gone down that road yet. If it happens, it will probably take three years before we have the training done, said Hahn.

They will also be adding signs and monitoring venues where guns will be banned. Those measures could include metal detectors at football games or wands at concerts.

We have to look at all of our different venues, and come up with the best way and most convenient way, and the safest way, and sometimes the quick way while also being conscious of what the goal is, to kinda get folks into the facility said Hahn.

BSU says the cost will be about $500,000 upfront then nearly $1 million each year.

However, the University of Idaho is addressing the new law much differently.

Their task force talked with other states that passed similar laws.

Their experience has been that they haven't seen an increase in weapon related incidents, or they didn't experience a negative impact of safety on their campuses, said Matt Dorschel, Executive Director of Public Safety and Security for the University of Idaho.

University of Idaho currently has about 15 security officers and is not planning on adding any more. They're also not planning to change security measures at venues either.

They will add signs, but say the only real cost will be possibly adding to their surveillance system campus wide.

We do not have a robust capability, and we are very interested in getting a little bit more of the capability to have eyes on, so that if in event of any kind of incident that can get eyes on it quickly, said Dorschel.

University of Idaho doesn't have an estimate yet on their cost.

BSU says right now they are planning to foot the bill for the changes. but they will be presenting their proposals to the State Board of Education in a few weeks.

Private universities and colleges are not included in this law, and each school can decide their own policy on weapons, just like they always have.

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