Posted on January 30, 2012
A law student at the University of Idaho challenged a provision in his housing agreement that prohibited him from possessing a firearm in his campus housing unit. He sued the University and the State Board of Education arguing that the prohibition violated his right to bear arms under the Idaho and U.S. constitutions in Tribble v. State Bd. Of Educ.
HOW SAFETY WINS
A state court judge in Idaho ruled that the housing provision did not violate the law student’s right to bear arms. The judge stated that the University’s “important interest of ensuring that the University campus remains a safe educational and learning environment” outweighed the student’s interest in having a gun. This decision is particularly significant in light of the gun lobby’s recent push to introduce bills around the country that would restrict universities from prohibiting guns on their campuses.