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Preemption Bill Heads to Governor’s Desk in Idaho!

Friday, March 21, 2008

Important pro-gun legislation, Senate Bill 1441, passed the Idaho House and is now on its way to Governor Butch Otter (R) for his consideration. 

SB1441 would make numerous improvements to Idaho’s preemption statutes by preventing municipalities from enacting local ordinances regulating firearms and ammunition.  Under current preemption statutes, uniform firearm regulations only exist within the realm of ownership, possession, and transportation.  SB1441 will codify into law that no county, city, or local government body can regulate the sale, acquisition, transfer, carry, and storage of firearms, adding them to the existing points of preemption.  The bill will also make clear that ammunition and firearm components are only to be regulated by the State of Idaho, not by local entities. 

Uniform laws regulating firearms and ammunition are necessary to protect the constitutional rights of Idaho’s law-abiding gun owners and to prevent anti-gun municipalities from passing their own laws, which may conflict with state law.  

Please contact Governor Otter TODAY and respectfully urge him to sign SB1441 into law.  The Governor can be reached by phone at
208-334-2100 or to send email, please visit http://gov.idaho.gov/WebRespond/contact_form.html.
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