Weapons on Campus

FAQ - Weapons on Campus

Weapons on Campus

What type of permit does someone need to hold in order to carry a weapon legally on campus?

On March, 2014, The State of Idaho passed SB 1254 into law. This law permits individuals who are qualified retired law enforcement officers under Idaho Statute 18-3302H, or who hold an “enhanced” concealed carry license under Idaho Statute 18-3302K, to legally carry concealed weapons on campus.

What is considered “concealed” in terms of weapons?

A “concealed weapon” means a weapon which is carried upon one’s person and is not in plain view or discernable by ordinary observation.

Where does a weapon need to be in order to be legally considered “concealed”? Can a weapon be in a backpack or purse, or does it need to be directly on a person’s body or within reaching distance of the person?

The law does not expressly state where a weapon needs to be in order to be considered “concealed.” As noted above, the weapon cannot be in plain view or discernable by ordinary observation. Further, the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or in close proximity as to be readily accessible for immediate use. It is CWI’s position that this means that the weapon must be on the license holder’s person or within reaching distance such as in his or her purse, backpack, book bag, or jacket or other clothing.

What constitutes an unconcealed firearm?

If any part of a concealed weapon is in plain view or discernable by another person by ordinary observation, the weapon is not considered concealed. This may be a violation of the law and is a violation of CWI policy. Campus security should be notified when a person has failed to conceal his/her weapon.

What should be done if it is suspected someone is carrying a concealed weapon?

If you suspect someone is carrying a weapon, but there is not a perceived threat and the weapon is not visible, then there is no need to take any actions.

What should be done if someone feels intimidated by any person they believe is carrying a weapon?

If there is not an immediate threat, we would ask you to contact campus security; if there is an immediate threat, then you should contact 911.

Will CWI have armed security officers?

No—CWI will not have armed security guards. Your safety is of the utmost importance. If you feel you are in imminent danger, please call 911. Please report other concerns to campus security, who will call the police if necessary.

Is there going to be a storage location for weapons?

No—CWI will not have a storage facility on any of the campus locations. Individuals choosing to concealed carry will be responsible for weapons and their concealment at all times.

What is campus security’s role?

Campus security will work with police to determine if a student, staff member, faculty or visitor on campus is lawfully carrying a weapon. They will also escort individuals off campus and work with local law enforcement officials, as needed.

When should someone call the police and who should call the police?

If someone suspects a violation, they should alert Campus Security, who will contact local police. In an emergency, you should always contact 911.

If I live in the Aspen Creek apartments can I possess a firearm, if authorized to do so under state law?

The Aspen Creek Apartments are not affiliated with CWI. Anyone wishing to possess a firearm at this location will need to be authorized under state law and will also have to follow their tenant agreement for such.

Can I carry my concealed weapon on the premise of any buildings leased to CWI (this includes space at the Boise State University Campus, the Aspen Creek Business Park and the Black Eagle Business Park)?

Currently these locations do not have language in their lease agreements with CWI that prohibits the legal carrying of a weapon on their premises. CWI allows licensed persons to carry a concealed weapon on property leased by CWI.

Can a weapon be stored in a vehicle? If so, how?

If you are authorized to carry a concealed weapon under Idaho state law and CWI’s weapons policy, you may transport a firearm in your personal vehicle if the firearm is on your person and is concealed. If you store your weapon in your vehicle, it must be concealed and either disassembled or unloaded. Open carrying, even in a vehicle, is not permitted.

Does a student, instructor or staff member have to inform College administration when they are carrying a concealed weapon?

No – Under the law, carrying a concealed weapon does not need to be reported to CWI personnel. However, a carrier must present appropriate credentials when requested to do so by law enforcement personnel or campus security.

As a student, instructor or staff member who is authorized to carry a concealed weapon on campus, am I allowed to carry my concealed weapon during my practicum or clinical hours at any offsite clinic?

Any separate business entity has likely established a policy regarding the use or carrying of weapons at their location. The policies of that organization or business entity apply as to whether concealed firearms are, or are not, permitted to be carried on their premises.

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