Last Wednesday, 15 October 2014, the University of Idaho held a forum on “guns on campus.” The main presenter was Matt Dorschel, university executive director for public safety and security. While the forum attracted only a few students and faculty, the policy presented was radical. From the Lewiston Tribune:
Dorschel said any firearm sighting is grounds to call 911 even if a person is not purposely showing their weapon. He said firearm holders have a responsibility to conceal their weapons and they are violating the university’s policy if they don’t.
Despite this strict interpretation of the concealed carry law, it is unclear what the repercussions might be if a carrier can prove they have a concealed carry permit and were not intentionally showing the firearm. Aside from being asked to conceal or remove the weapon, Nelson said it’s unlikely there would be any further punishment in these minor situations.
On 11 September, Dorschel said essentially the same thing. From the uiargonaut.com:
Nelson said faculty should contact police even if they see a firearm for a brief moment.
“We will not question a decision to call 911,” he said.
This is very close to “swatting” people who are carrying firearms, if someone notices them for any reason. The article says that this is a “strict” interpretation of the law.
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