Idaho State University Professor Accidentally Shoots Self During Class (Video)

| by Michael Allen

An unidentified college professor accidentally shot himself in the foot at Idaho State University (ISU) on Tuesday.

According to an unidentified student, the gun went off during class in the Physical Science building on the campus in Pocatello, Idaho (video below).

Police say the professor was carrying a small handgun in his pants pocket during the shooting. He was able to walk out of the building and was treated at a local hospital, notes the Associated Press.

There was no evacuation from the building or the campus, but some students were upset that they were not notified of the shooting by the ISU administration.

"At this point it is believed to be an isolated incident," ISU Marketing and Communications Director Adrienne King told Local News 8. "We don't have any reason to believe students or anybody else in our Bengal community has any reason to be concerned."

No charges have been filed against the professor who had a concealed carry permit, which allows people to carry guns on public college campuses per a new law, SB 1254, that was signed by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter (R) back in March. SB 1254 went into effect on July 1.

In March, Gov. Otter claimed that SB 1254 would protect Second Amendment rights, noted the Idaho Statesman.

“This is not the circumstance to carve out another,” Gov. Otter stated. “We all will be watching closely to ensure the interests of Idaho citizens are served while their constitutional freedoms are protected.”

However, Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson countered, "From reading the polls it looks like overwhelmingly people are against guns on campus, but the governor and his legislature want to see it a law, so we will just start preparing for how we will respond to complaints of people carrying weapons on campus."

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Sources: Local News 8, Idaho Statesman, Associated Press