BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A bill to allow firearms on Idaho's public university and college campuses has failed to advance in the Senate.
Lawmakers on the Senate State Affairs Committee decided against moving the legislation forward Friday after two hours of debate.
The issue hit home for Senate Majority Leader Bart Davis, whose 23-year-old son died from a gunshot wound to the chest at a Boise party eight years ago. Cameron Wade Davis, a Boise State University student, was shot by another student carrying a concealed weapon.
Davis sits on the Senate panel and interjected shortly after University of Idaho law student Jonathan Sawmiller argued that students with guns were responsible citizens and not, as some would suggest, "drunken frat boys" stumbling around firing indiscriminately.
Davis said: "This is not an intellectual exercise for me and my family."