Hundreds of people swarmed the Statehouse steps waving signs protesting a measure that would allow firearms on Idahos college campuses.
Students and professors spoke out against the legislation at the Thursday gathering. They rallied in advance of a hearing on the bill at 8 a.m. Friday before the House State Affairs Committee in Room EW 40 at the Capitol.
Many said that allowing those who hold concealed-carry permits to tote guns to classrooms and around campus would disrupt a learning environment and force schools to implement costly security measures.
About 20 people several packing handguns showed up in support of the bill.
The legislation passed the Senate 25-10 earlier this month.
Many police chiefs and the heads of all eight of Idahos public universities have told the Legislature that they dont want to see firearms on campuses.
In a statement Wednesday, Boise State President Bob Kustra raised the specter of people openly displaying firearms and said he worried about investing millions in security.
He said the bill would be a mandate unaccompanied by funds to purchase expensive metal detectors or to better train security personnel.