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Update on Pending Pro-Gun Bills in Idaho

Friday, April 17, 2009

On Thursday, April 16, House Bill 287 passed the Senate State Affairs Committee by a 4-3 vote and will now be sent to the Senate Floor.

HB 287, the “Employer Liability Act,” sponsored by State Representative Jeff Thompson (R-33), would remove an employer’s liability for any accident related to a lawfully stored firearm, if the employer adopts a policy allowing its employees to keep firearms locked in their vehicles while parked on company property.  If the employer were to institute a policy that prohibits employees from storing lawfully owned firearms in their private vehicles while at work, the employer could still be held liable.

Idaho's business organizations have joined us in supporting this legislation.  Now, the members of the legislature need to hear from you on this important issue. 

We would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to contact their lawmakers and we encourage everyone to please continue to contact members of the Idaho State Senate TODAY and respectfully urge them to support HB 287.  Contact information can be found by clicking here

House Bill 194, the “Idaho Sport Shooting Immunities Act (IDSSIA),” encourages people to volunteer at shooting ranges as range officers, by providing range officers with liability protection.

On Monday, April 13, HB194 was amended on the House Floor to comply with workers compensation laws with respect to law enforcement officers involved in shooting activities.  The bill then passed the House on a 57-9-4 vote.  HB194 is now heading to the desk of Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter (R) for his consideration. 

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