Idaho university allows armed patrols as law takes effect

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Public safety officers armed with semi-automatic pistols will patrol Idaho State University for the first time on Tuesday to safeguard students and staff, in response to a new state law allowing concealed weapons on college campuses.

Arming eight officers and two supervisors with guns is among the security measures the school in the southeastern Idaho city of Pocatello has adopted in light of the new law, school officials said. Another Idaho university was considering a similar move.

"Our objective is to maintain a safe and secure campus environment. We are increasing our officers' capabilities to respond," Idaho State public safety director Steve Chatterton said in a statement.

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