Both the University of Idaho and Washington State University forbid concealed carry on campus. Luckily the ban at WSU doesn’t have any teeth in that all they can do is ask you to leave at which point if you refuse you’ll be trespassed. Students and faculty though can face administrative punishment however. I do not remember the exact details regarding carry at the University of Idaho.
I bring this up because so often I hear the following phrase, “Why would you need a gun on campus?” Well maybe you live in the dorms or university housing. Maybe you have a night class and will have to walk across campus in the dark. Ultimately though people seem to think that bad things never happen on campus. Reality always has a habit of showing up though.
Nothing says stop faster than a hunk of lead flying at 900 fps. Bad things happen everywhere, even college campuses. Even more than that, it isn’t always the random person you don’t know.
It’s best that we all remember these things can and do happen. If you can, support Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, the fight is a significant and real one. I wore an empty holster on to campus on more than one occasion specifically in support. The one debate that I saw occur on campus ended squarely in favor for campus carry.
The thing is, at least with WSU, the board of regents will not move to change the administrative code and the only way you can bring about a legal challenge is if they exercise the code against you. For this reason, many of my friends followed the rule of better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. Not everyone is so willing to do that though. Then again, when the building you work in has been attacked by ALF, your desire to survive should they return usually wins.
Though the school would prefer you to be disarmed to be easy prey. It’s not like it’s their life that’s on the line though. It’s like the government and politicians only care about criminals, not the law-abiding.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.