Concerns about open-carry presence at BSU gun rights talk don't materialize

krodine@idahostatesman.comMay 16, 2014 

Boise State University security and Boise police were stationed around the Special Events Center Friday evening, watching for people trying to open carry guns into the Special Events Center for a talk by a nationally known gun rights advocate. But by 15 minutes after the speech start time, none had materialized.

Turnout appeared light for the event featuring Dick Heller, who won a landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that ruled he has an individual right to keep and bear arms. A ticket taker estimated about 30 people had arrived by slightly after the 7 p.m. start time. The theater has 435 seats, according to the university's website.

Boise State’s policy prohibits guns on university grounds. The Legislature passed a law this spring that will allow people who get an enhanced concealed weapons permit - requiring additional training and a background check - to carry concealed weapons on campus, but that law is not yet in effect.

Police said before the event that people trying to bring guns into the talk would be advised of the policy and asked to either take the gun home or put it in their car. Those who declined would be excluded from the campus, university officials said.

BSU officers in front of the events center Friday evening said no one had attempted to open carry a gun into the venue.

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