Masterson to speak Wednesday on being 'silenced' at gun hearing

broberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Mike Masterson

Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson, who complained that he and other police chiefs were shut out of a legislative public hearing on a bill to allow concealed weapons on Idaho campuses, has been invited to speak about his experiences at St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the cathedral sanctuary at 518 N. 8th St. The meeting is open to the public.

The Rev. Rich Demarest, cathedral dean, said Masterson was invited to because ”people are upset about this stuff.”

Masterson accused Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa, chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee and the bill's sponsor, of silencing three police chiefs who had come from as far as Moscow to testify by not letting them speak at the hearing this week.

McKenzie said he had more people signed up to testify than time allowed and he alternated between those supporting the bill and those opposed to it.

A second speaker, Joe Stegner, special assistant to the University of Idaho president, will talk about U of I's concerns for the bill.

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