Firearm Storage For Students Here To Stay In Idaho

Aug 15, 2019

Washington State University is ending their firearm storage services for students, saying no universities offer these services anymore. But a similar program still exists in Idaho.


Washington State University’s police department says they’re dropping the gun storage program because of a new policy that would require cops perform a background check before returning a firearm. 

Eight miles across the border at the University of Idaho, the Moscow Police Department still runs a gun-storage program for students. Captain Tyson Berrett says U of I’s program is here to stay. 

“Our gun laws are nowhere near as stringent as the state of Washington. In Idaho that would not be a change of ownership. We’re just storing it for them, that’s all," says Berrett.

Boise State University does not have a gun-storage program. Spokesperson Greg Hahn says the main difference is location. Hahn says Boise State does not have the hunting opportunities that other schools do, attracting fewer students who need firearm storage.

Idaho State University didn’t immediately return a request for comment. 

For more local news, follow the KBSX newsroom on Twitter @KBSX915

Copyright 2019 Boise State Public Radio