Idaho lawmakers poised to vote on guns on campus

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) —

A bill to allow students, staff and visitors to carry guns on Idaho's college campuses passed the House State Affairs Committee in a party-line split.

Lawmakers voted 11-3 Friday afternoon to send it forward to debate on the House floor, over objections from the majority of people who testified before the committee.

Backers of the bill say letting those with Idaho's new enhanced concealed carry permit holders to carry guns to class could halt a would-be mass shooter.

But others say a loophole in the bill will allow those permit holder to openly wield firearms anywhere on campus_including in dormitories and at football games.

The bill passed the Senate earlier this month with a 25-10 vote.

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