BOISE -- Idaho's House lawmakers passed the controversial guns on campus bill Thursday. The vote was 50 for and 19 against.
The legislation allows a limited group of people to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses. Supporters say the bill protects people's second amendment rights.
As we've reported, Senate Bill 1254 has garnered much opposition from college professors, university administrators and students. Multiple Idaho police chiefs and the heads of all of Idaho's colleges and universities oppose the bill.
However, the Idaho Sheriff's Association is supporting this legislation, that if passed, would allow retired law enforcement officers and people with enhanced concealed carry permits to bring a gun on campus.
The bill does not allow concealed carry inside a dorm or residence hall, or inside an auditorium or stadium with seating for at least 1,000 people.
Wednesday morning, the Coalition to Keep Guns Off Campus delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Idaho Speaker of the House, Scott Bedke. The petition asks members of the House to oppose the bill and vote it down.
Nampa Senator Curt McKenzie sponsored the bill, which passed the Idaho Senate two weeks ago. The Idaho House State Affairs Committee first heard the bill late last week.
In a related note, Boise State University President Bob Kustra has raised concerns the bill contains a loophole, allowing for open carry of firearms on some parts of campus.
Senator McKenzie says there's language in the bill that allows college and university leaders to ban open carry.
The Senate approved the bill 25-10 last month. The bill now goes to the Governor's desk for his signature.