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After bill passes allowing concealed guns on campus, Idaho professor shoots himself in the foot

In March, Idaho lawmakers passed a bill allowing concealed guns to be carried on university and college campuses. The new law went into effect on July 1.

On Aug. 25, Idaho State University started the 2014-15 school year. And on Sept. 2, one of the university's chemistry professors was wounded in the foot after his concealed handgun discharged in the classroom. The gun was in his pocket and he had the required enhanced concealed carry permit. Officials don't yet know why the gun when off.

"When they passed this law, it was bound to happen," ISU President Arthur Vailas told the Idaho State Journal. Vailas was against the legislation, though he is a gun owner and hunter.

"It's unfortunate," he said. "I'm sure the incident was scary and embarrassing."

The professor was treated and released from the hospital the same day. Police are investigating the incident.